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A number of years ago, I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He’d reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. But he’d always been a strong man, a natural leader, a man who took charge […] Read More

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “presumptuous” as “characterized by presumption in opinion or conduct; unduly confident or bold; arrogant; presuming; forward; impertinent.” If that doesn’t clear things up, you should read Jesus’ parable about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. The rich man dressed exquisitely and dined sumptuously every day while poor, sore-ridden […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups say the change would lead to a dramatic drop in charitable giving. The reduction, included in Obama’s 2013 […] Read More

If only a struck dog yelps, then billionaire Warren Buffett has struck the anti-tax, anti-government crowd. They are yelping about his call to tax the super-rich. “Our leaders have asked for ‘shared sacrifice.’ But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. […] Read More