Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Think About Things For More Than Three Seconds Before You Try To Make A Public Political Point

So, Rick Steves, travel guru, donated $1 million to a local arts center.

Steves says he's alarmed that the tax burden on rich people has dropped while public funding for important local programs has been slashed.

Steves is encouraging other people who are financially well off to make similar donations.

Holy fucking shit, is this guy an idiot or what?

Look, Rick, if you wanted to make a political point about your tax burden, then you should've cut a check to:
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

You'd see, if you'd turned on your tinsy-tiny brain for a second, that the Bush tax cuts that you are protesting, in fact, allowed you to choose the very program that you wish to support with your money. Rather than it going to the general federal fund, to be allocated by a mish-mash of branches and departments, you sent it directly to where you thought it would do the most good. This is pretty much one of the pillars of the conservative argument that private charity can fill the void of many government programs.

And so, in your witless attempt at political spectacle, you support the side you intended to impugn. Bravo, Rick Steves. Bravo!

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