“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.” ~Chinua Achebe
Most of us don’t have a means to that end. You would have to be a special kind of world leader to attempt to make this a world in which charity is unnecessary.
A president could make such an attempt. This one won’t.
This POTUS’ agenda, for those not paying attention, is to strip the poor of: healthcare, food, even sanctuary. The reason for this, Trump’s goal, is to lower taxes for the richest Americans to 15%.
Trump has repeatedly falsely stated, lied, that Americans pay the highest taxes in the world. This is not true. We do however pay enough that we should be provided healthcare.
Donald Trump would like to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, the ones who typically have the most tax shelters, from 39.6% to 15%. That money can only come from those less fortunate.
Rather than eliminate corruption in the corporate world, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies— perhaps putting a cap on profits pertaining to healthcare in order to bring prices down to a reasonable affordable level, bringing us in line with the rest of the world, Trump and the GOP would rather pull the insurance rug out from under the poor, elderly, and middle class.
Trump is doing all he can for himself, his family, and his peers. Like he said last week: “No rest for the weary.” There is a bit of effort expelled in increasing the wealth gap to the extent he would like to.
While searching for the perfect quote for my point, I came acrosss the following:
“You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity.” ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
This is a harsher republican version of what Jesus did— rather than providing a meal Jesus taught the hungry to fish.
The quote did remind me of Donald Trump and all the workers he has stiffed in his lifetime. 30,000 lawsuits have been filed against him. He filed bankruptcy six times and in doing so avoided paying hard working individuals for goods and services rendered. Not very charitable behavior…and not an ethical way to make money.
Last week, exactly 7 days ago, Donald Trump pledged a million dollars from his personal coffers to victims of Hurricane Harvey. He has pledged equal amounts to countless disaster relief efforts, such as Hurricane Sandy of 2012.
How can one man possess so much philanthropic charitable altruistic spirit as he professes? I don’t know, let’s ask Warren Buffet, because he actually donates, and he does so quietly, because the true spirit of charity is not to be rewarded with accolades of thanks…the reward is selfless peace of mind in knowing you have done something to lessen the suffering of others.
“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” ~Warren Buffett
Donald Trump tosses donation pledges, like confetti on New Year’s Eve, at every disaster big enough to get press attention, because he loves a publicity stunt. He went so far as to have Sara Huckabee ask the press for suggestions on where the check should go…nice way to get the story to print.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:2
The thing is Donald Trump (faux Christian) doesn’t actually fork up the money. But wait…this time, the benevolent, bighearted, bountiful blowhard bullshitter has gone to the trouble of itemizing where the money won’t go:
According to a White House press release, the Trumps will make the following personal donations:
· Reach Out America – $100,000
· Red Cross – $300,000
· Salvation Army – $300,000
· Samaritan’s Purse – $100,000
· ASPCA – $25,000
· Catholic Charities – $25,000
· Direct Relief – $25,000
· Habitat for Humanity – $25,000
· Houston Humane Society – $25,000
· Operation Blessing – $25,000
· Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies – $25,000
· Team Rubicon – $25,000
If these organizations do receive a “Trump” donation this time, because Sandy victims are still waiting 5 years later, it will be because he has been called out publicly by many people. And if there is actually a “Trump” donation, pay attention to where the funds come from. If they come from “Trump Foundation” 96% of the funds donated came from other people’s wallets.