Charities are for Suckers

At least that's what Ted Rall, cartoonist turned relief funding expert, would have you think in his article posted on Yahoo News.

He unleases a barage of ingorant and hate filled comments such as:

Hurricane Katrina has prompted Americans to donate more than $700 million to charity, reports the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So many suckers, so little foresight.
Cutting a check to the Red Cross isn't just a vote for irresponsible government. It's a drop in the bucket compared to what you'll end up paying for Katrina in increased taxes.
As we watched New Orleanians die of thirst, disease and anarchic violence in the face of Bush Administration disinterest and local government incompetence, millions of us did the only thing we thought we could to do to help: cut a check or click a PayPal button. Tragically, that generosity feeds into the mindset of the sinister ideologues who argue that government shouldn't help people--the very mindset that caused the levee break that turned Katrina into a holocaust and led to official unresponsiveness. And it is already setting the stage for the next avoidable disaster..
It's time to "starve the beast": private charities used by the government to justify the abdication of its duties to its citizens.
I know it isn't the proper attitude; however if there's ever been anyone deserving of a smiting it's Ted Rall. My hope is that he catches the syphilis during a blood transfusion necessary because he was gang raped by a pack of rabid herpes infected squirrels on his way home from group therapy required before he completes his sex change operation.

Hopefully this isn't going to be the next battle cry of the uberliberals and hopefully it won't curb the benevolence of our society.

Secret Message to Ted: If you're bitter and in pain due to the most recent flare up, you can get information about Valtrex here. I hear folks go for months without flare-ups.

Posted by phineas g. at 02:08 PM on September 14, 2005 | TrackBack

Wow. Rabid herpes infected time I have a rant, can I borrow that? And you are so right. What a jerk.

Posted by: Theresa at September 14, 2005 05:15 PM

Ted Rall is beyond disgusting. He always manages to say the worst things at the worst times. What ever happend to sensitive liberals?

Posted by: NYgirl at September 14, 2005 10:27 PM

It's not just liberals either...a lot of malcontents and libertarian types actually think like this about government. I think Rall is just posturing though.

Posted by: Ruth at September 15, 2005 03:17 AM

He is assuming that everybody writes off charitable contributions. Personally, and I know others who feel the same way, I don't believe in tax deductions for charitable donations, they are just another way of making the government, and therefore other taxpayers, foot the bill for ones own agendas, and that's just another way of sucking the guvmint teat.
We should give to help others from our hearts, not because of tax incentives.
As for that SOB ranting against people helping those down south who really, truly need help, the only descriptive for him that comes into my mind is "maggot."

Posted by: Seth at September 15, 2005 05:27 AM

Why am I not surprised that a liberal does not believe in helping people, but instead says "let the government do it"

Posted by: Pluto's Dad at September 15, 2005 08:46 AM

Perhaps malcontents but Libertarians? Have you even gone to their web site to check out what they have to say? They believe in no income tax, no handouts and certainly they do not believe that people should let the government foot the bill. Most are under the impression that if you are goodly and wish to give what you can afford to a good cause you will do so. As opposed to having a set amount forcibly taken from you to be distributed poorly amongst people you may chose not to help. I love it when people equate Libertarian with liberal as opposed to liberty. Believe me the terms are radically different.

Posted by: What?! at September 20, 2005 11:55 AM