In a new appeal to the Christian right, Newt Gingrich told OneNewsNow that President Obama’s proposed changes to the charitable deduction for top earners amounts to a “war against churches and charities,” deliberately designed to discourage the successful from donating money to churches and make us all dependent on the government.
“I think there’s a clear to desire to replace the church with a bureaucracy, and to replace people’s right to worship together with a government-dominated system,” said Gingrich.
The proposal itself is to lower the deduction that people making over $250,000 receive for itemized charitable contributions, from its current 33% or 35% down to 28%. Obama has defended the proposal by saying: “I’m assuming that that shouldn’t be the determining factor as to whether you’re giving that $100 to the homeless shelter down the street.”
What’s next? Will we be hearing that Obama intends to ransack the Notre Dame cathedral, and convert it into the Temple of Reason?