Using a Good Name for Immoral Acts

Usually, I only cover homeschool related issues on this blog.  But our state government has become so glaringly corrupt that many of us cynics watching Illinois education and homeschool legislative issues are surprised at nothing going on with our tax monies.   So I offer a prime and what should be a criminal Act of the elite taking away from those who give and those who need.  

Whose good name do I refer in the heading?  Many Illinois non-profits hoping they could pull together more funds via the Illinois tax form charitable donation check off in order to struggle along.  Organizations like the Crisis Nursery in Urbana that provides relief to parents hitting their limit who have no other help.  Our wonderful Bag Ladies at our church make baby quilts to keep the Crisis Nursery babes cozy during their stay.  That's a direct donation delivered to the Nursery and that appears to be a safe method for donations.  

But we shouldn't expect that spot on delivery through Springfield.  

From the Champaign News-Gazette:

Illinoisans donated almost $45,000 on their 2009 state income tax returns to crisis nurseries in Illinois, part of a checkoff system designed to help charitable causes.

None of that money has reached the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County — or any other nursery across the state.

Who is committing the immoral Acts?  The slam bam budget bill passed in May permits our government to use money for other purposes besides the specific designation by us taxpayers for our favorite charity's use.  This bill signed off by Governor Quinn was duly noted on the IR with Senator McCann's observations on the floor. There were very few who had the opportunity to read that bill before it was passed.  

Taxpayers didn't check the box on the Illinois tax form to have charitable donations used for any other purpose than good works.  The money would not have been designated by individual taxpayers otherwise.  There was no box that said:  We think so highly of you legislators that our money is in your hands to use for any purpose. We were just kidding about donating to good causes.

In 2011, $1.176 million was taken from 11 of those tax checkoff funds designated for charities.  

The News Gazette also noted this additional slap at those in need and those trying to help those in need:

That's on top of $434,000 that was "swept," or taken permanently, from seven funds in fiscal 2010, part of a much broader emergency funds sweep approved by the General Assembly to address a huge budget gap.

The $434,000 will not be repaid, but the money borrowed in fiscal 2011 by law has to be returned, plus interest, within 18 months, said Kelly Kraft, spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget.

If you want to find a good example of the attitude generated from our state governmental agencies, here's a classic from the Dept of Health and Human Services regarding the availability of these funds to their rightful designee:

"It may not necessarily be tomorrow, but they will be used for those intended purposes," said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health, which controls seven checkoff funds.

The tax checkoffs provide "a convenient way for people to give to the causes they care about," Kraft said.

Here's the tax form promoting: Make a Difference Donate to a Worthy Cause.  So now let's not be fooled by the nice words, but observe our government's actions instead.  These groups listed below, along with their associated and more local organizations around the state had money taken from them by our own government.  The groups are scrabbling to get by in this pathetic Illinois economy in order to help those in need. 

Hunger Relief, Penny Severns Breast, Cervical, and Ovarian Cancer Research,  Alzheimer’s Disease Research,  Diabetes Research, and the Child Abuse Prevention designated funds were 'diverted'.  

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.  ~Milton Friedman

ht to Curt Mercadante


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