Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 | Author:


Robert Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen … has crisscrossed the country as part of his V3 Campaign asking presidential candidates how they would partner with nonprofit groups. Egger described the sector as “balkanized,” with many competing for funding and often overlapping in missions and services.

I don’t know about you, but this scares the pants off me, just like Bush’s “faith-based initiatives.” What Egger needs to realize is that the free market which he complains about, is the same free market that lets him run his kitchen as he sees fit. As soon as he accepts a government hand-out, he accepts government regulation. When he accepts government regulation, his non-profit becomes nothing more than another inefficient government bureaucracy.

If he wants to continue to run his charity, he should become familiar with its definition. Charity is a voluntary action.

  1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
  2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
  3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
  4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.

Taxation, by its definition, is not.

  1. A contribution for the support of a government required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that government.
  2. A fee or dues levied on the members of an organization to meet its expenses.
  3. A burdensome or excessive demand; a strain.

Those of us who prefer to choose our own charities would appreciate it if Egger and company would keep their hands out of our pockets. There is nothing charitable about taxation.

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