Originally Posted by indesertum
Well you're not really taxing the nation more you're just not taxing it as much as you could be
The same bad argument could be made for any tax breaks
Indeed. The only unique part about that pic is framing it in the context of church/state. The truth is that every tax break messes with the distribution of burden.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
I think most folks here know I personally have no use for religion but I'm fine with them getting non-profit status if they stay out of politics of all forms. The foregone income on their property tax is pretty minor and I'm sure most communities can support their municipal services. I do think we toss around non-profit status a little too easily and to groups that should lose it though.
Agreed on all points, but especially on the churches and NPO status meaning they stay out of politics completely. The wall should prevent involvement in both directions, state ---> church and church ---> state.
Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
Why is this worthy of two mentions? Also, doesn't anyone else see this as a bad thing? How is allowing the government more access to our private information a good thing?
Because, Harv, the only people who will be impacted are the evil one percenters who hide all of their money in those accounts to avoid paying their fair share! Duh!