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Why do Christians have tax cuts that mainly go to the Rich?

The Christians say the Bible says we should give to the poor. But the Christian right promotes government tax cuts mainly the Rich. If it such a good idea, why don't Christians donate money to the Rich in private life as well? Why don't Christains say we should give government money to the poor, if the Bible says aiding the poor is a good thing?


dlk. Can you read what I wrote and respond to it? If not, please answer another question.

Update 2:

The aligator 414 - then why don't they give charity to the Rich - like the government does, and why doesn't the Bible mention this, as opposed to the opposite.

Update 3:

George 2 - can you respond to what I asked? Your answer maybe a good answer to another question.

Update 4:

doobee - Can you respond to what I wrote. Why is private charity in the bible a good thing, while Christians think public charity should be for the Rich? If it were really the case that such charity should be for the rich, why not do it in private life? Why not have government charity for the poor? Jesus never said to ask if the poor 'really deserved it'.

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amalonee - I can't even imagine how what you said answered my question. Care to try again?

Update 6:

ABC - Your story is pointless. Every agrees taxes should be based on ability to pay. That is why it is a rate, not poll tax. I was talking about the inconsistency of Christianity, which preaches public charity should be for the rich while private charity should be for the poor.

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Here' s a story that will help explain tax cuts. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100

    If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

    The fifth would pay $1.

    The sixth would pay $3.

    The seventh $7.

    The eighth $12.

    The ninth $18.

    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

    So, that's what they decided to do.

    The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement -- until one day, when the owner threw them a curve.

    "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."

    So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

    So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share'?

    The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being 'PAID' to eat their meal.

    So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

    And so:

    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).

    The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).

    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

    "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man "but he got $10!"

    "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!"

    "That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

    "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

    The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

    And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in Europe and the Caribbean.

    Source(s): no one knows the real author of this story but whoever it was - thank you for the great insight!
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  • dlk
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    1 decade ago

    Aiding the poor or any other class should NOT be a Government mandate through taxes. We as Americans DO give money in droves to worthy causes. And those givers comes from every political party, every religious faction, and every type of American whether poor, wealthy, or rich. Government mandates through taxing one group to give to another, in essense making everyone "equal" monetarily wise is PURE SOCIALISM.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the reason the government gives people who donate a tax break is to encourage them to donate. there would be a lot less people donating if this tax break wasn't there even though it is the right thing to do. and if everybody gave their taxes to the poor there would be no government and the chaos that there would be you wouldn't have to worry who was rich or poor because society as we know it would not exist!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe Christians prefer to keep their hard earned money, so they can donate it to charities THAT ACTUALLY help the poor, needy, hungry, and less fortunate. Rather than giving that money to the government to mis-allocate and waste on programs that do more to hurt the aforementioned than help.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They pay their fair share.

    They don't think Government should take care of the people, people should take care of themselves.

    Our small community of about 20,000 people raised over $355,000 for the Relay for Life. That's $17.75 for every person in our community - should that come from the Government from taxpayers?

    God helps those who help themselves.

    Slander the Bible all you want, it's you soul!

    We pray for you!

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  • 1 decade ago

    100,000 * 35%

    1,000,000 * 35%

    What is not fair about this formula? If the guy making 1,000,000 wants to calculate his tax like 1,000,000 * 70%, that's his choice.

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