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Obamas Donated Less Than 1% of Their 2000-2004 Income
bloomberg.com material cannot be posted to FR. | 03/25/2008

Posted on 03/25/2008 1:21:07 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Tight-wads.


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KEYWORDS: charity; giving; nobama; obama
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1 posted on 03/25/2008 1:21:09 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why would they?

Good liberals give as much as they can to the government, and let the government redistribute it.

Charity be damned!


2 posted on 03/25/2008 1:23:16 PM PDT by Tex Pete
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To: Responsibility2nd

Most democrats don’t give to charity! They are only “takers” not “givers” unless they’re giving OUR tax money to THEIR cause!


3 posted on 03/25/2008 1:23:26 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Responsibility2nd

OF course they did, their student loans have had them dumpster diving to make ends meet, just ask his wife...


4 posted on 03/25/2008 1:24:08 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Now this needs wide circulation. Remember how MSM got all over the Bush’s and Cheneys and sKerry’s about their donations.


5 posted on 03/25/2008 1:24:34 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Tex Pete
Good liberals give as much as they can to the government, and let the government redistribute it.

WRONG!

"good liberals" advocate taking as much of OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY as they can to let the government redistribute it.

The "tax me more fund" proved this concept.

6 posted on 03/25/2008 1:24:45 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Revealing but not suprising.

Conservatives tend to be more generous with their bucks!

7 posted on 03/25/2008 1:24:53 PM PDT by PROCON (Al-Qaeda's Unanimous Choice in 2008, B. Hussein Obama!)
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To: Tex Pete
Partially right. Dey be generous wiff our money...
8 posted on 03/25/2008 1:25:12 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So typical of Hypocritical liberals.

They want to redistribute YOUR money, not theirs.


9 posted on 03/25/2008 1:25:23 PM PDT by Elpasser
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To: princess leah

Seriously, there are leftists that disdain charity and those who voluntarily give to charity because it “lets government off the hook”.


10 posted on 03/25/2008 1:25:29 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Bet he’s sorry now he pressed that whole ‘release your tax returns’ thing.


11 posted on 03/25/2008 1:25:43 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Another case of do gooding leftists who want to help the poor/needy/underprivledged WITH OTHER PEOPLES MONEY, BUT NOT A DIME OF THEIR OWN!!!!!!
12 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:35 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Responsibility2nd

Lieberals and marxists do not donate. It is the governments job to provide, why should they?


13 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:37 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: Abathar

Is that the same wife who got a $100,000 raise after her hubby had earmarked some cash to the hospital she worked for?

Yeah, lets ask the wife!


14 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:37 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Tex Pete

Good liberals believe that charity begins at home THEIR HOME.


15 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:40 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hillary will release her taxes from THIS year ONLY, and there will be TONS to CHARITY!! TONS!!


16 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
...In 1998, then-Vice President Al Gore was criticized for donating only $353 to charity in 1997 despite earning $197,729...

www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHdvU_NJzIcI&refer=home

The New Rules Of Giving
12.11.06
...Congress also gave the IRS authority to deny deductions for items of "minimal monetary value"--such as socks and underwear--donated after Aug. 17, even if they're in good condition. On his 1986 return, (Bill Clinton deducted $6 for three pairs of underwear and $75 for a suit with ripped pants given to the Salvation Army)...
forbes.com/forbes/2006/1211/218.html
17 posted on 03/25/2008 1:26:55 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: Responsibility2nd

Most of it was buying church voters....


18 posted on 03/25/2008 1:27:03 PM PDT by fml
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To: Responsibility2nd

Liberal hypocrites.

There have been several threads about Conservatives vs. Liberals in generosity and charity work.

I tell you who does the most good: A little Christian church in a rural area.


19 posted on 03/25/2008 1:27:05 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

1% is not tithing


20 posted on 03/25/2008 1:27:10 PM PDT by Chili Girl
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To: Responsibility2nd

Okay, this doesn’t bother me. His money, he can do with it what the heck he wants! That’s my conservative philosophy. : )


21 posted on 03/25/2008 1:27:26 PM PDT by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

The definition of hypocrisy is to espouse a belief that you really don’t believe in.


22 posted on 03/25/2008 1:28:12 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Non-Sequitur

His butt is still stinging over getting spanked on his racist pastor disaster.

Watching democrats implode in such a joy!


23 posted on 03/25/2008 1:28:14 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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Obamas Donated Less Than 1% of Their 2000-2004 Income
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So what? I gave zero.


24 posted on 03/25/2008 1:28:22 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Responsibility2nd

why can’t bloomberg.com be posted?


25 posted on 03/25/2008 1:29:40 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Okay, this doesn’t bother me. His money, he can do with it what the heck he wants! That’s my conservative philosophy.

Be bothered by Obama's liberal philosophy and what he wants to do with YOUR money!!
26 posted on 03/25/2008 1:30:27 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: princess leah
Most democrats don’t give to charity!

Please provide a respectable link for that assertion, as it pertains to middle class Democrats or above. Or are you just talking out of your ass?

27 posted on 03/25/2008 1:30:37 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: Chili Girl

You got that right.

How is God gonna damn America through the Trinity United Church of Christ if Obama won’t cough up more dough?


28 posted on 03/25/2008 1:30:42 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If you’ve ever tended bar or waited on tables, you’d know that it’s a real bummer to see a table of color in your area. I’m speaking from the 80’s, but I’m sure someone will tell me just what the dealygig on that is today.


29 posted on 03/25/2008 1:31:02 PM PDT by blackdog
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To: Responsibility2nd
But he wants me to give him my tax dollars so that he can distribute them as he sees fit. Typical useless bleeding heart hypocrite lib.
30 posted on 03/25/2008 1:31:15 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ya, but did he donate his used underwear and take it as a tax deduction like the Clintons?


31 posted on 03/25/2008 1:31:28 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Actually I'm surprised because I thought he'd have provided a lot more financial support for Mr. Wright's 'facility'...
Very odd. A member of the tucc - but he doesn't provide them financial support (or if he does, it is very little).
I guess I'd put this as a 'plus' on his ledger ('no financial support for racist facility'), but an overall negative for general skin-flintiness...
32 posted on 03/25/2008 1:31:28 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: lilylangtree
Remember how MSM got all over the Bush’s and Cheneys and sKerry’s about their donations

I need a little reminding here. From my memory, President Bush and especially the Cheneys give very heavily to charity and have never had scathing articles about their amount of given written.

33 posted on 03/25/2008 1:32:37 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They are both poster childs for affirmative action and what it creates. People who have no respect for the wonderful things they have because the believe they are entitled to it all anyway. When everything is handed to you, regardless of the work you do, you tend to not feel obligated to pay it forward.


34 posted on 03/25/2008 1:32:46 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: El Cid

Considering that they reportedly gave 20k to Wright’s church, and if this is the ONLY charity they gave to,

their income would be $2mil, right?


35 posted on 03/25/2008 1:33:10 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: rightinthemiddle
I tell you who does the most good: A little Christian church in a rural area.

Ditto that.

36 posted on 03/25/2008 1:33:40 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Repeal The 17th

You don’t give ANYTHING to charities?

How very Liberal of you.


37 posted on 03/25/2008 1:33:40 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Okay, this doesn’t bother me. His money, he can do with it what the heck he wants! That’s my conservative philosophy. : )

I agree with you there ... but I do take offense at his faux compassion for all the poor and hurting in our country.

Nothing is stopping all these liberals from giving all they want to the causes of the "poor and oppressed."

So Obama gives 1% ... probably mostly to a racist church. Hypocrite. What he really wants is a coercive government to take other people's money at gunpoint and redistribute it.

38 posted on 03/25/2008 1:34:11 PM PDT by Oliver Optic
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Seriously, I wonder if this is THE source of resentment in the black community -

essentially being wards of the state and being treated as if there is no way they can make it on their own merits.


39 posted on 03/25/2008 1:34:20 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Retired Greyhound

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111944/posts


40 posted on 03/25/2008 1:34:33 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I took a cursory look at his tax returns for the last two years and was startled to see that he wasn’t hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax even though he made $1,000,000 a year... I’ve been hit with it the last 4 years, and I make SUBSTANTIALLY less than that.

Any good FReeper accountants want to take a shot at explaining that?


41 posted on 03/25/2008 1:34:58 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: Non-Sequitur
Nah, Obama’s not sorry; he knows there will be a huge outcry when the Clintons’ tax returns are released — or not released!
42 posted on 03/25/2008 1:35:35 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oh, COME ON, people, how could you not understand? Liberal politicians are notoriously skimpy with charitable donations not because they a cheap, hypocritical, power-hungry liars, but because they give to the poor in OTHER ways...like voting for tax increases, voting for huge spending programs for the poor, etc. Geez, doesn’t anyone GET it - these people are so smart, so purely motivated, that we simply CANNOT understand everything they really do for the people of this country.


43 posted on 03/25/2008 1:35:51 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation trying to stop Monica's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife from becoming President)
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To: steve86
Check out the book "Who really cares?" by Arthur Brooks, a huge lib. He was out to disprove the "myth" that conservatives gave more and libs where stingy. Turns out the myth was fact.

And here is a John Stossel column on this matter, including info about Brook's book.

Who gives to charity?

44 posted on 03/25/2008 1:36:46 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: blackdog

Canadians are terrible tippers. Or so I hear.


45 posted on 03/25/2008 1:37:22 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“You don’t give ANYTHING to charities?
How very Liberal of you.”
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No, how very BROKE of me.
I contribute my time,
that’s all that I have plenty of.
Judge not, lest you be judged.


46 posted on 03/25/2008 1:37:45 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: steve86; princess leah
Most democrats don’t give to charity! Please provide a respectable link for that assertion, as it pertains to middle class Democrats or above. Or are you just talking out of your ass?

_____________________________________

I think the point Princess Leah is making is that most liberals give less than the average conservative. There have been many articles over the years proving that Conservatives are just more generous.

47 posted on 03/25/2008 1:38:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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To: Responsibility2nd

SUMMARY SHEET: 2006 TAX RETURN FOR BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA
INCOME: $991,296
The Obamas’ income dropped from $1.6 million in 2005 to $991,296 in 2006, in part because their 2005
income included a one time bonus related to Michelle Obama’s job at the University of Chicago Hospitals and
royalties and an advance associated with Senator Obama’s books.
BO (SENATE): $157,082
BO (BOOK): $506,618
MO (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO): $273,618
MO (TREEHOUSE): $51,200
TAXES PAID: $277,431
The Obamas owed $277,431 in Federal taxes in 2006. During the year, they overpaid their taxes by $40,856,
and applied that overpayment to their estimated tax payments for 2007.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS: $60,307
The Obamas’ gave a total of $60,307 to charity, including $13,107 to the Congressional Black Caucus
501(c)(3) Foundation, $15,000 to CARE, $5,000 to the Muntu Dance Theater, and $22,500 to Trinity United
Church of Christ. They also gave $4,700 to miscellaneous recognized charities.
? ABOUT THE MUNTU DANCE THEATER: The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic
and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance,
music, and folklore. Michelle Obama is a member of the board for the Muntu Dance Theater since
2000. [www.muntu.com/about_muntu/about_muntu.html]
? ABOUT CARE: CARE tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient.
Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special
emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change.
[www.care.org/careswork/whatwedo/index.asp]
? ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION: The Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation is the premier organization that creates, identifies, analyzes and disseminates policyoriented
information critical to advancing African Americans and people of African descent towards
equity in economics, health and education. [http://www.cbcfinc.org/About/mission.html]
? ABOUT TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: The Obamas have been members of Trinity since
1988.
CAPITAL GAINS / DIVIDENDS
The Obamas reported earning $4,590 in interest and $1,188 in dividends from accounts at JP Morgan Chase,
Northern Trust Bank, and UBS.
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE
The Obamas paid approximately $1,000 in household employment taxes for child care services, and paid a
$377 Federal tax penalty to address an underestimation of taxes owed due to Senator Obama’s book sales.


48 posted on 03/25/2008 1:38:20 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: MrB
Considering that they reportedly gave 20k to Wright’s church, and if this is the ONLY charity they gave to,...

Well, I retract my earlier comment then.
The worst of both worlds.
Not only a skinflint, but also they directed their only contributions to an organization that exists primarily to promote hatred and divisions...bully for them...

49 posted on 03/25/2008 1:38:47 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Well, then you were mistaken.

You DO GIVE to charities. (Time) Good for you.

(I knew you weren’t a lib!)


50 posted on 03/25/2008 1:39:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Typical White Person)
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