Dave Berkman thinks we’re uncharitable. I say, “we gave at the tax office.”

January 10th, 2006

While everyone else was keeping track of Eugene Kane, buy cialis cure I got to wondering what deviltry Dave Berkman was up to over at The Shepherd Express.

It seems he just wanted to kick Wisconsin in the teeth again by writing:

Reality check: Turns out we rank 46th among the 50 states when comparing charitable donations relative to income.

Being at the bottom of that list reminded me that we are at the top of another list:

Wisconsin’s state and local tax burden percentage ranks 5th highest nationally.

Seems simple enough to me, best viagra David: when the state confiscates more of your income, you have less to give to anyone else.

Maybe if people like Dave were less generous with our money, we could afford to be more generous with it.

Disclaimer: I completely support donating to charity. In 2005, we gave to Special Olympics Wisconsin, the United Performing Arts Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund among others.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron  |  January 10th, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    Excellent work!

    We’re also notoriously low tippers.

  • 2. Administrator  |  January 10th, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    That’s funny. I heard you’re a big tippler. :)

  • 3. Melinda Omdahl  |  January 10th, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    A few posts ago I commented that “I win” when it came to the Dave Berkman prize.

    I think you get it back with this post.

    Way to lay out the truth about our tax hell. It really does hurt everyone.

  • 4. Casper  |  January 11th, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Long before I even considered Kane Watch I was itching to take on the Shepherd…with particular focus on Mr. Berkman.

    Why didn’t I? Well…acutally…(shuttering)…I…um…worked there.

    I was young! I was impressionable! I needed the money!

    And I actually knew most of the people who make the Shepherd such a wonderful read.

    I didn’t want to open old wounds…and I didn’t want to seem bitter. But maybe it’s time a few of us consider it??? Eliot…you seem to be on the right path…

  • 5. Administrator  |  January 11th, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    Wait! They use “money” at the Shepherd?

    I thought it was some sort of workers’ paradise.

    Anyway, you’re forgiven, Casper.

    I use to wear a sweatshirt with “Anarchy Now!” on it, so I know all about youthful indiscretions. (At heart, I’m still just an old libertarian.)

    I do plan on watching Mr. Berkman (when I have the stomach for it), but as much as I admire the Kane Watch you guys started I’m afraid doing something like that myself would make From Where I Sit feel more like a job than what it is now…vengeance!

  • 6. Casper  |  January 11th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    Trust me…I know what you’re saying about it feeling like a job.

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