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Tax Refunds That Must Be Donated To Political Parties?

Posted on January 28 2010 10:59 am
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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By: William M. Briggs

 In a 27 January Wall Street Journal article, the pair [ Professor Bruce Ackerman and Representative David Wu] suggest giving every citizen who files a tax return $50 with which they must donate to “federal candidates.” Actually, they didn’t say “must.” They said “could.” But if it’s not “must”, most people will not donate: what family wouldn’t like an extra hundred bucks back? It must be “must.”

They also did not say where the money would come from for those who are not due a refund. Presumably—in the ever-numbing interest of fairness—these folks would be given the money gratis. That money would have to be taken from those who have it and given to those who do not.


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