AND MALICE TOWARD ALL THE COMPETITION
Stop Your Greedy Giving, People…or the Char-orrists Win!
The most notable campaign against the philanthropic status quo has been waged by the California-based Greenlining Institute, a nonprofit that seeks greater “racial and economic justice” by attempting to force greater minority representation in government, commerce, and higher education, mostly by publicly shaming or suing companies into doing the right thing. (The institute’s name is a play on the practice by banks of “redlining” poor neighborhoods as bad credit risks; “most of our money,” its director has boasted, comes not from donations but “from lawsuits.”)
Good thing we outlawed “red-lining” and forced the banks to make bad loans in the name of “fairness”. Sure, it helped collapse the real estate market, implode the value of your home, gut the home-building industry and cause an economic meltdown–but at least its “fair”!
By the way, these “institutes” got the California legislature to pass a measure forcing foundations to fund groups who looked…exactly like them! The measure was dropped, however, after the foundations agreed to pay the protection money “voluntarily”. Nice work if you can get it.
Leftists believe these tasks are justly the responsibility of government, and that leaving them in private hands is a way of keeping the public sector from performing its true function as the administrator of social justice.
The value of private philanthropy should not be measured solely by the dollars and cents that are raised and distributed. Philanthropy is a key element in the sustenance of a civil society in which a free people are free to invest their energies in the causes that animate them—including operas and museums and, yes, magazines, which have been known to be part of a flourishing culture and which some poor people and minorities have been known to enjoy.
You know those bumper stickers that say “Don’t steal: the Government hates the competition”? Well, they hate the competition when you give, too. There is a reason Obama proposed raising taxes on charity. Charities compete with the State.
The Statist views the government as the be-all and end-all of life, a sperm-to-worm parent/employer/bodyguard/nanny/scold. Charities, churches, employers, your bowling league, even the family are all illegitimate competitors for your loyalty, energies and funds.
And the Statist believes that all money belongs to the government. That’s why A Dream of His Father was the 100% Tax Rate:
“Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”
That’s the Dream, right there: Government owns everything and efficiently dishes it out based on scientific formulas designed by compassionate, all-knowing, all-seeing experts and bureaucrats.
Even where the government does give to charity, it expects something in return. It gives to NPR and PBS and gets reliable liberal news in return. The NEA is now funding “artists” who are expected to reliably push Obama’s legislative agenda with their “art”. Even Faith-Based Initiatives are no longer seen as an equitable way to involve the faithful, but as a way of paying off supporters and turning faith-driven organizations into functional arms of the State.
Never again will your children be forced to clean their rooms on the weekend in violation of child labor laws just to get an allowance. Besides, that gives you an unfair imbalance-of-power advantage over them. No, the Government will decide their allowance. And, come to think of it, yours too.
Charities ask “give ’til it hurts”. The Statist motto: “Hurt ’til it Gives”.
Up is Down, Black is White, Wrong is Right…and because you are misallocating the Government’s money, Charity is Greed!
Stop the Hurt.
UPDATE: More voices here:
“What political power could ever carry on the vast multitude of lesser undertakings which the American citizens perform every day…No sooner does a government attempt to go beyond its political sphere and to enter upon this new track than it exercises, even unintentionally, an insupportable tyranny…it is never easy to discriminate between its advice and its commands.”
“If we cede the expression of compassion to a central authority, we will have fundamentally altered the nature of our society and of ourselves, creating a far greater disaster than any Katrina ever could.”
“I tell groups, “‘Get off your sofas; don’t wait for Obama to come fix your economic problems. Start thinking out of the box like we had to.'”