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Travel guru Rick Steves gives $1M to arts center
The Seattle Times ^ | August 26, 2011 | The Associated Press

Posted on 08/26/2011 3:21:46 PM PDT by RitchieAprile

EDMONDS, Wash. — Travel guru Rick Steves says he's trying to make a political statement by giving $1 million to an arts center in his hometown.

He says the amount equals what he saved from tax cuts approved by former President George W. Bush beginning in 2001. The Herald newspaper of Everett reports ( http://bit.ly/quuOap) that Steves says he's alarmed that the tax burden on rich people has dropped while public funding for important local programs has been slashed.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bushtaxcuts; ricksteves
Bush's fault.
1 posted on 08/26/2011 3:21:49 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile

Is this from the Onion?


2 posted on 08/26/2011 3:23:01 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

No its from the Seattle Times.


3 posted on 08/26/2011 3:24:38 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile

Same thing.


4 posted on 08/26/2011 3:25:43 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: RitchieAprile

how is “arts” an important public function??


5 posted on 08/26/2011 3:25:43 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: RitchieAprile

Why didn’t he just give it to the federal government since he apparently thinks they know better what to do with his money than he does?


6 posted on 08/26/2011 3:28:18 PM PDT by FreedomForce (Perry 2012 | Perry/Palin 2016 | Palin 2020)
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To: RitchieAprile
Important to note he didn't write the check to the government!
7 posted on 08/26/2011 3:28:44 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: RitchieAprile

Maybe he should have hired someone to work on his show instead of paying for crappy art.


8 posted on 08/26/2011 3:29:00 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: RitchieAprile

Betcha he takes a tax write-off on his donation.


9 posted on 08/26/2011 3:30:07 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: RitchieAprile

Does Steves realize that his private donation won’t have to be filtered through the bloated federal government?

This is parody, right? This is why the GOP wants less taxes for the “rich”. Steves’ private donation will help fund more jobs than him giving the $1 million to federal government.


10 posted on 08/26/2011 3:30:22 PM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: RitchieAprile

Why doesn’t he get it?

By not paying taxes to Washington, he can donate the money to a charity of his choice.


11 posted on 08/26/2011 3:31:07 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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To: RitchieAprile

Too much drug use in Amsterdam.


12 posted on 08/26/2011 3:34:46 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: RitchieAprile

It’s great that he got direct his hard earned money towards something he believes in rather than have the government piss it away under the table.


13 posted on 08/26/2011 3:37:44 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: RitchieAprile
The government has no business taxing anybody to fund art programs. Art should be good enough to attract buyers on its own. If not good enough, it deserves to go away. Subsidizing poor quality by involuntary confiscation from the productive is immoral.

BTW, STFU Rick Steves. Mind your own business.

14 posted on 08/26/2011 3:37:48 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: RitchieAprile
The Herald newspaper of Everett reports ( http://bit.ly/quuOap) that Steves says he's alarmed that the tax burden on rich people has dropped while public funding for important local programs has been slashed.

But Rick has no problem getting rich himself off of the backs of rich people who take his over-priced tours and buy his travel books...

15 posted on 08/26/2011 3:40:22 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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...while public funding for important local programs has been slashed...

What the hell has been slashed. Government spending is at an all time high for everything.

16 posted on 08/26/2011 4:07:12 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: RitchieAprile

Gee wiz Rick you get the point!! If people want something they can donate money instead of taking it from those who don’t care about what you think is important. I like music and museums so I join them and pay for admission.


17 posted on 08/26/2011 4:14:23 PM PDT by q_an_a (uues)
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To: Kenny500c

I was thinking the same thing. His money, his choice, why complain about it?


18 posted on 08/26/2011 4:25:26 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: RitchieAprile
I watched him once or twice years ago and his show was pleasant. Sounds like Rick is quite the hard leftist though.
19 posted on 08/26/2011 4:27:26 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: FreedomForce

He’s probably upset that the Tea Party folks like us would cut PBS funding, where he made enough money to donate the 1 million.

Sounds like a fraud.


20 posted on 08/26/2011 4:28:22 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: RitchieAprile
I had more than a little respect for Mr Steves in his logical, common-sense approach and research for tourism and travel. Then he did an hour-long pean to travel in Iran (2009) that castigated the US for irrational antagonism towards theocratic Islamic Republic. I may have missed it, but the months-long Iranian protests against rigged internal elections seemed to generate no retraction from the honorable Mr Steves. I would like to ask this idiot his current opinion on touring Iran after the multiple-year sentences for two, very disputable border violations.

Crickets ... /S

21 posted on 08/26/2011 4:46:41 PM PDT by SES1066 (1776 to 2011, 235 years and counting in the GRAND EXPERIMENT!)
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To: RitchieAprile

PBS funding should be stopped.. as well as most of other federal government funding..


22 posted on 08/26/2011 4:53:53 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: TADSLOS

“But Rick has no problem getting rich himself off of the backs of rich people who take his over-priced tours and buy his travel books...”

Hell, it’s worse than that. Steves has no problem making his videos and selling his books about all these places—places that us overtaxed folks will NEVER BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO SEE because people like him are so excited about higher taxes on “the rich.” I’m not at all surprised he wants to tax the stew out of everyone who can afford a plane ticket, so he can sell MORE videos and books.


23 posted on 08/26/2011 5:15:42 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (When Republicans don't vote conservative, conservatives don't vote Republican.)
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To: RitchieAprile

Hey Rick.. Send me a few grand and I’ll see what I can pick up in Italy and Greece for ya.. videos too..

getting paid to travel.. what a gig.


24 posted on 08/26/2011 5:47:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: RitchieAprile
He is an anti-American Euro-socialist. In some of his travel books he is always taking shots at America and Americans. He even devoted a whole chapter to tell his leftist acolytes that most Americans are mean, GREEDY, narrow-minded poltroons who are barely intelligent enough to breath.

You know, the Tea Party.

I even wrote an email to him and his leftist kingdom of fawning cretins in Washington state explaining that if that is his belief, then end your citizenship and bloody MOVE OUT!

25 posted on 08/26/2011 5:53:26 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: hosepipe; All

PBS funding should be stopped.. as well as most of other federal government funding..


PBS is overpaying him if he is making that kind of coin. Until next time, keep on travellin...


26 posted on 08/26/2011 6:30:52 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: muleskinner
He is an anti-American Euro-socialist. In some of his travel books he is always taking shots at America and Americans. He even devoted a whole chapter to tell his leftist acolytes that most Americans are mean, GREEDY, narrow-minded poltroons who are barely intelligent enough to breath.

I recently discovered that Rick Steves is a big liberal. He posted some leftist nonsense on Facebook.

27 posted on 08/26/2011 7:23:54 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: RitchieAprile

This pro-marijuana user liberal has made more than a million $$$ in his “public television” broadcasts. It would be interesting to know exactly what PBS paid him for his travel shows. He’s also made a ton of money in his travel brokerage business and his huge number of book sales.


28 posted on 08/26/2011 9:03:48 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: RitchieAprile
Gee, I wonder if Rick Itemizes when he does his Taxes.

Hey Rick, take the $8,500 Personal Deduction and pay the piper on all that money you earn. I dare you, you lying Libtard.

Anybody here think he doesn't Itemize? I thought not.

29 posted on 08/26/2011 9:10:28 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
"Important to note he didn't write the check to the government!"

Yeah! That money should go to political cronies, union thugs, and Moochele's vacation fund.

30 posted on 08/26/2011 11:45:24 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: hosepipe
"PBS funding should be stopped"

Right! That million he donated came from taxpayer-funded PBS. Rick Steves is robbing from the govt and giving to the private sector to protest low taxes.

31 posted on 08/26/2011 11:56:57 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: SES1066; muleskinner; Dr. Scarpetta

I have pretty much stopped using his guidebooks because he seems to be unable to prevent himself from making snide comments about churches, particularly Catholic churches, and presenting history from a strange anti-Catholic/anti-Christian point of view. Since most European countries have many churches and a long Catholic history, this gets a little annoying.

Not surprisingly, however, he seems to have a soft spot for Islamic theocracy. All lefties do.


32 posted on 08/27/2011 3:09:25 AM PDT by livius
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To: RitchieAprile
All this rich lefty dope did was make a $1,000,000 charitable donation. A donation to exactly what he likes, an arts center. What he really should have done was make an additional $1,000,000 to Washington State or the Federales where his taxes get flushed down a rat hole same as mine do. But obviously this guy thinks he knows better where to put his "unfairly earned" money than any government does.

and BTW charitable donations are tax deductible. Paying additional taxes is not!

33 posted on 08/27/2011 3:37:18 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: livius

I bought Rick Steeves’ DVD set about 5 yrs ago. Needless to say, I’m totally shocked to find out he is a huge liberal. BTW, I read he got divorced last year. Wonder what happened...


34 posted on 08/27/2011 5:21:45 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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