Commenting on your own pieces this way is tasteless, Tara.
"you know the difference between a doctor and God?"
The doctor exists.
These organizations are in place to serve politicos and themselves, NOT to serve and help the public. This is just a way to have political contributions deemed tax deductible and is reprehesible. There seems to be no limit to how low some people are willing to go in order to promote their selfish agenda. All the while sucking back my tax dollars in the name of humanity. Disgusting!
Dianne Belson neglects to point out just how the IRS has stopped her organization from fulfilling its purpose. She's asking for special status and basically kvetching about poor customer service but cloaking her complaints as victims of political oppression.
The real tip off to her attempt to misuse the requested tax status is the fact that FreedomWorks, the agit-prop arm of the ultra-rightwing Koch Brothers is paying for her to trip to Washington, DC to whine.
Why is this so-called social welfare group "private?" Is the membership ashamed of their involvement? Are the members so scared of being associated with extremist views that they don't want their names known?
They're asking for a special status that basically shifts the tax burden onto others and opens up the political process to secret manipulation by billionaires. Why shouldn't they be required to prove that they're not involved in political efforts?
I would favor abolishing the tax-free status and secret membership of groups in this category that participate in the political process in ANY way.
I think Ima means there are pitfalls to sort-of empowering civilians to do police business... pitfalls like unarmed motherf*ckers gettin' shot over, let's say, a misunderstanding.
Of course, that happens with regular police, too.
The issue is what does the organization do? We all know it's primarily a political organization. the IRS is doing it's job. If it wants to give up its quest for non profit status and file as a political organization, where it's donors will be a matter of public record, it will have no problems. The problem here is that our politics are being taken over by organizations which get huge secret donations through this loop hole. This group wants this status so people like the Koch brothers can pour money into it without the public knowing who is paying for it. Competing groups, including conservative groups, who reveal their donors and actually operate on money donated by their members, including their county Republican party will be at a huge disadvantage. They don't have to pay taxes on the money donated to them, they just have to file returns and disclose who donates. The people making donations know if they donate above a certain amount, that their names and basic information will be disclosed. They can't deduct the donation on their taxes. That's all.
The Charleston County Democratic party files tax returns and disclosures year after year. You can't deduct the money you give to the party. If you give above a certian amount, your name is listed in the reports. We support candidates. We work to influence legislation. We're not a charity.
Time to grow up tea party.
Of course God's not a doctor; doctors almost unanimously believe in Evolution.
Can somebody say Travan Martin?
reminds me of something a career nurse once told me: "you know the difference between a doctor and God? .... God knows he's not a doctor.
Who gives them the right to make people leave that part of the sidewalk, anyway? Isn't that public property?
Go suck a horses cock commie fucks!! Well split the difference later. So we take power from biz owners to decide weather you can smoke in a bar, making everyone go outside, then have them police us once we're their? Talk about ass backwards!
Funny, in Asheville, it was the business owners who wanted to create their own little police force...um, "ambassadors".
Maybe they could use the (ooh, la la!) cabaret taxes to pay for a restroom trailer or 4-pack of porta-potties to park on Ann Street from, say 8pm-3am every Friday and Saturday, instead of adding nebulous duties for private security to patrol public streets. You could fit them in one parking spot, and cut down on the mentioned public urination problem. I of course don't remember EVER peeing in public back in my salad days of youth, no siree, Bob, but these young whippersnappers with their Red Bull and Jaeger-bombs have all that diuretic impact to deal with that us humble brew-swillers didn't.
Foodmancing, Thanks for stereotyping all door guys and bouncers. I work as a bouncer at a high frequency bar on King Street a few times a month for some extra income and because I do other business with the bar. I am highly college educated, have a normal size neck, and while I have been called many things in my life, 'goon' is not one of them.
Further, the other bouncers I work with are like me...have big boy jobs, families, and are upstanding members of the community. All of us have high education. In interest of being honest, one of our guys necks is a bit fat...however he would never be considered a 'goon.'
Oh, and $50 a night wouldn't get me off my couch.
Because there has never been a 'no-neck goon' cop. They all have masters degrees, eh foodmancing? derp. But I agree, it is a bad idea. If the city wants bouncers to police the streets, then they need to pay them to, not the bar owners.
Does anyone remember the Two Keys Tavern incident a few months ago? Telling Bar security they are responsible for policing the sidewalks and parking lots will end bad, period. With every bar in the city taking on security just think of the idiots that will suddenly be empowered for the first time in their more than likely pathetic life. Expect bloody beat downs and a spike in covered-up sexual assaults. Great Job gang
Because its a great idea to turn over enforcing order on the public sidewalks to a no-neck goon who dropped out of HS making $50 a night. Yea, no way that goes bad.
Tara hits the nail on the head as she always does.
Public schools are nothing more than communist indoctrination camps. Period.
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