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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18 2011 2:01 p.m. MDT

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Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: atl134 | 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011
"I didn't realize conservatives loved gov't handouts so much"

You make it sound like it's the government's money and we should be thankful for what crumbs they throw our way. The reason the Feds are so careless with our money is because they didn't have to work to earn it.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Amazing how many posts I've had rejected on this subject. Seems a leader of the church can state his opinon on the subject and that's all the discussion there can be. You can't even sugesst that his argument is based on a flawed premise that the bill will even hurt legitimate charity donations and not the fraudulent ones used by some to avoid taxes.

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

Kami in Bountiful is correct on the attitude LDS people should have regarding the paying of tithes and offerings. However, I believe that Elder Oaks was looking at a larger picture than just that of members of the LDS Church. Many in this country do donate to charity and are more likly to do so with the incentive of tax deduction. I'm sure the LDS Church won't be hurt by an elimanation of the deduction,(at least I hope not), but there are many worthy charities that very likely will be.

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

Hey there Ernest T. Bass in Bountiful, it's off the subject, but I just have to add that not only are we still on Bushs' tax plan, but we are still on Bushs' war plan too. What's up with that?? At least I thought Obama would get us out of the futile and costly attempt to nation build. Impossible in those countries, lasting democracy will succomb to Islamic rule sooner or later. But, Obama has even failed on that one too. 100% failure.

KurtFK
Littleton, CO

I M LDS2,
I never meant to say we should have NO government - just that the more the government takes from us, the less we have left to give to charity, that's all. And the evidence clearly shows that charities are a lot more effective at humanitarian assistance than the government is, so if I was given a choice, I would always give to charity first.
When the Law of Consecration is fully implemented, we will be giving EVERYTHING we have to the Church, which will deed back to us "sufficient for our needs". But for the present, I will just have to live with the situation where my government takes about half of what I earn, then squanders a big chunk of it.

KurtFK
Littleton, CO

I M LDS2,
I never meant to say we should have NO government - just that the more the government takes from us, the less we have left to give to charity, that's all. And the evidence clearly shows that charities are a lot more effective at humanitarian assistance than the government is, so if I was given a choice, I would always give to charity first.
When the Law of Consecration is fully implemented, we will be giving EVERYTHING we have to the Church, which will deed back to us "sufficient for our needs". But for the present, I will just have to live with the situation where my government takes about half of what I earn, then squanders a big chunk of it.

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

I agree with Kami and add: "Why do most of the conservatives cry and bawl when Federal Assistance is not sent to Utah for disaster relief or to fund projects that are paid by the Federal Government"?

People who pay tithing for the right reason will pay the same amount of tithing without the tax deduction.

I was disappointed to see Elder Dallin Oaks testify in Washington DC at the invitation of Orrin Hatch. Too many people will think Elder Oaks wants them to vote for Orrin Hatch.

muncle37
SAINT GEORGE, UT

As an income tax propfessional in Utah I can say that people of all faiths pay tithing in one way or another. Elder Oaks was speaking for all Chairities, not just the LDS Church. Also, the charitable deduction is limited for people with larger incomes, it's called Alternative Minimum Tax. Both parties are guilty in this!!! Reduce spending and they won't have to increase our taxes!!!

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

To Allen#1: Did you know that if it wasn't for Harry Reid, President Monson and Elder Oaks may not have been invited to the White House. He was able to get an appointment with President Obama so that they could give President Obama his family history.

Does this mean that President Monson had to vote for Harry Reid. Your login is illogical. Orin Hatch knew that Elder Oaks has a solid legal mind and that is what he needed. He got that. It had nothing to do with votes, besides how do you know that Elder Oaks is even Republican. He could be a democrat and wouldn't even vote for Hatch.

gratefulmouse
san angelo, tx

I would pay my tithing irregardless of listing it on my taxes...its satans way of trying to stop charitable donations to churches which helps all kinds of people...how obvious ..the gov is trying to stop it so it can keep more of our tax dollars....notice how the lds church is rarely mentioned as a church that donates during times of crisis like katrina...we are not proud or boastful...we do this out of the kindness of our hearts wanting to help our brothers and sisters on this earth....

gratefulmouse
san angelo, tx

notice the lds church is rarely mentioned if at all in contributing monies and foods to help victims of hurricanes etc...we are not proud or boastful...we only want to help our fellow brothers and sisters...satan will use any means he can to destroy christian organizations...and gov will do all it can to tax tax and tax and spend...

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