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Does Anyone Support This?

Officials at the United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, as well as the Orthodox Union and the American Jewish Committee, are opposing the Obama plan to limit charitable deductions by upper income taxpayers as a way of funding the Obama health-care plan:

“We are generally supportive of health-care reform and working with the administration toward this goal, but I don’t see it as my job to find the money for this,” said William Daroff, UJC’s vice president for public policy and the director of its Washington office, which lobbies for hundreds of millions of dollars annually in federal money for social services.

“It is my job to say this is the wrong place to get it because you are hurting those you are attempting to help — average folks in need of the services of charities.  Beyond that there are over 15 million people who work for nonprofits, and we are like a lot in the federation system. We are laying off people.”

Rep. Charlie Rangel doesn’t like the idea either. Republican senators and congressmen have been blasting the idea. I’ve yet to see a report that anyone in Congress supports it. Given all that, what does this say about the political judgment and priorities of the Obama team?



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