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February 1, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Church assistance is redistribution

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Come on, Mitt Romney. Redistribution? What do you think your church does when it helps the less fortunate?

Maybe he forgot about that.

I’m not Mormon, but I’ve always admired them for that.

I’m surprised this issue hasn’t been covered more in the media.

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  1. The letter wirter is wrong. Church charity is self-directed and voluntary by members. Taxes are government confiscated with taxpayers having no say how and how much are used.


  2. One of the reasons I cannot trust Romney and Ryan is they talk the talk, but nothing to support their claim. A successful businessman who made his wealth off of others misery is what I would call predatory, not success as those who actually produced something.

    The following article reinforces my belief that both of them will say anything to get elected:

  3. Right on, Carmine. Gordon is comparing apples to oranges. Like many other folks, from time to time, my wife & I make donations to charitable organizations and we avoid others. We make the decisions - not some pencil-pushing, unelected, unaccountable, bureaucratic drone.

  4. What we've learned for sure is that Mitt Romney doesn't know much about us, but we've certainly learned much more about him.

  5. CarmineD is correct. The government uses re-distribution to buy votes and create dependency.

  6. If you think the Mormon church's internal welfare system is counter to republican policy, google "the law of consecration"

    This is not an antequated belief that Mormons have abandoned. They believe that this is the way righteous societies should live.

  7. Many of the church charities insist you at least pretend to do for yourself. Some require that you work or at least show up at the thrift shops or dispense in the soup kitchens. The shelters usually don't require much since courts / laws require the local governments to provide shelter in weather conditions--so governments fund the shelters and/or donate so that non-profits keep the shelters open even to those with chronic poor behavior.

  8. Sadness: You call it cheap talk when he / they donate millions? What do you call the unfulfilled promises of Mr. O?

  9. "You do have a say in how your taxes are used and how the money is distributed just like you do in church. It is called a VOTE! Ever hear of that? "

    Sounds like you are making the argument from another thread, but in reverse. You say we pay taxes to vote. Is the reverse then logical, if you don't pay taxes you don't vote?


  10. This isn't Cuba, or cold-war East Germany, or a former Soviet republic. If you're so opposed to government "confiscation", you're absolutely free to leave. Renounce your citizenship and go seek out your Ayn Rand/Grover Norquist eutopia where you don't have to contribute for such needless things as food inspections, schools, roads, air traffic control, libraries, etc.

    I hear the property taxes are pretty low in Somalia. Might be perfect for some of you.

  11. "AND Jesus said that we will be judged by how we
    treat the poor."

    By that standard, Mormons and therefore Governor Romney are mainstream Christians. They live that belief.

    Not like Jack Mormon dirty harry.