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Is the Left Ready To Step Up to the Plate?

I’m wondering when progressives who shudder at the thought of cutting discretionary spending — or even cutting the rate of growth  in discretionary spending — will put their money where their mouths are and voluntarily send money to the U.S. Treasury. I wrote about this in a recent Carolina Journal column:


The federal government has accepted donations for more than 160 years, calling them “Gifts to the United States.” The Treasury Department website says the fund was created to accommodate “individuals wishing to express their patriotism” for the country. Fiscal year 2008 was a banner year for the feds. Gifts totaled $3,735,934.74, according to Tom Longnecker of the Treasury Department. In fiscal year 2010, the number dropped to $698,708.40. From fiscal year 2006 through fiscal year 2010, the account took in more than $9 million. 

Now CNN is reporting on a couple who are organizing people to do it.


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