Let the poor contribute to their own damn charities!
Mitt Romney has a problem because he released only two income tax returns. Now Paul Ryan has a problem because he released two too many: the sole returns he released give a glaring portrait of a man who is stingy to the poor personally as well as professionally.
Tax returns show for 2010 and 2011 show that the Ryans donated $12,991 and $2,600 respectively. Ryan's income for those years totaled well over $650,000, showing that the family donated only 2.4% of its income to charity.
That's right. 2.4 percent.* The national average of charitable giving is 3.5%, with the bottom of the scale giving proportionately MORE:
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest survey of consumer expenditure found that the poorest fifth of U.S. households contributed an average of 4.3 percent of their incomes to charitable organizations in 2007. The richest fifth gave at less than half that rate, 2.1 percent."
So while Ryan gave an incredibly magnanimous .3 percent more than the richest fifth, it still looks kinda bad for the Wisconsin rep doesn't it? Especially in the light of his economic policies, the brunt of which rest on the statement that charities will "pick up the slack" for the poor.
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