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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 12:12 PM

Government a huge doner to charities.

For people who think we should cut taxes and social program charities can handle the safety net, it's never pointed that the government is the major donor to charity.

Take for example, Catholic Charities, an how Bill O'Reilly ignorantly stumbles into supporting public funding for Planned Parenthood:

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Here's the chart from that site (I don't know how to put photos up on the site, so it probably won't work):

If you look at the chart, Catholic Charities would look far different without government support. It would be much weaker. No, I don't think donations would replace 62% of the funding. What private citizen would step in and give $3 billion to Catholic Charities? If they did, it would be their private company. Yes, privatized charities.

It's odd that I've been hearing we should rely on charities for the social safety net for decades, and I've never heard anyone point this out. Charities would be able to do far less, not more, with lower taxes.

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