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The politics of giving : Comments

By Bill Birtles, published 8/2/2007

Encouraging many, small, individual political donations offers hope for democracy.

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I am astounded that no-one has responded to this piece. Does this signal that everyone agrees with it?
Posted by Romany, Thursday, 8 February 2007 12:14:34 PM
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People are very slow to part with their money for a political party, even if they agree with it and don't know how to help.

They forget that donations of up to $1000 are completely tax deductable. This would mean that if you give to the party of your choice, you only have to wait a few months to get it back on your tax.

This is what the smaller parties rely on.

If you are sick of the corruption in the big parties, then its time to put your money where your mouth is. Don't worry, you'll get it all back. There are special provisions in tax law which puts this in a category which helps democracy. It is a pity few know this.
Posted by saintfletcher, Friday, 9 February 2007 1:12:43 AM
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I agree that a broad base of individual donations would be good for politics. But how is this going to come to pass? It is hard enough to get people interested in politics.
Posted by StewartGlass, Friday, 9 February 2007 8:26:15 AM
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Personally I would prefer to see EXPERTS have greater control over policy - not fickle, power hungry politicians - especially as the latter always slant policy in favour of the rich rahter than the wellbeing of everyone. The 'commonweal' is a disappearing concept as our young are blinded with adverts for tat, more tat and nothing but tat. We are all individuals but we live in a wider social context and we should be focusing on how we can remain mindful of this.
Posted by Kúvin, Wednesday, 14 February 2007 6:44:15 AM
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