Travel mogul Rick Steves is the latest in a long line of pro-tax rich guys who fails to see the irony of donating his Bush tax-cut dollars directly to a cause of his choosing while demanding that others pay more taxes to federal bureaucrats for donations to causes of their choosing.
Kay Bell reports that the pro-tax Steves has chosen to donate his tax savings directly to a local community arts center rather than to the federal government:
This time it’s Rick Steves.
Steves was able to share his wealth thanks to the success of his travel writings, tours, radio show and speaking engagements. But he says the thing that’s really allowed him to amass so much disposable wherewithal is the lower tax rates created by the Bush-era tax cuts.
Like the Oracle of Omaha [Warren Buffett], Steves questions the wisdom of giving those who already have so much even more in the form of lower tax rates.
But Steves also issued a challenge to his similarly wealthy peers.
If you’re fortunate enough to be doing well these days, figure out what recent tax cuts have saved you, then donate that amount to a deserving cause that you believe in.
Steves’ $1 million donation will support and expand the Edmonds Center for the Arts’ performances and community programs. Some of the money also will pay all of the facility costs for the Edmonds’ Cascade Symphony Orchestra for the next 10 years.
Are these guys tone deaf? Don’t they understand that small government conservatives are every bit as generous with their money as pro-tax liberals are, but simply do not trust the government to use their money wisely? Don’t they understand that conservatives want to help the poor and fund the arts as much as they do, but simply don’t believe that the government should be the conduit for doing so?
Rick Steves and Warren Buffett, their pro-government rhetoric notwithstanding, are fiscal conservatives who distrust the federal government every bit as much as, say, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Ron Paul do and their actions prove it.
Small government conservatives want precisely what Steves and Buffett want: To choose what charities and causes they give their money to.