February 6, 2018

NEW Downsize DC Agenda bill – Can you “do better” than Congress?

New Downsize DC Agenda bill gives you control over some federal spending Retweet

We’re adding a new bill to the Downsize DC Agenda. This is a powerful transpartisan proposal, just like our previous agenda bills the One Subject at a Time Act, the Read the Bills Act, and the Write the Laws Act.

Do you think you could make spending decisions better than the politicians and bureaucrats? Here’s your chance to find out… 

Politicians routinely create programs that do “social welfare” — the kind of things charities would otherwise do. A great organization called We Do Better thinks you can get far superior results than Congress does. Downsize DC agrees.

You probably already accept that Congress wastes a lot of your money in the name of “good works.” But what if you controlled the purse strings instead? Would you be better at using those resources to solve social problems?

What kind of spending decisions would you make if you had the power?

Would you choose…

  • Habitat for Humanity over the Department of Housing and Urban Development?
  • Local disaster relief organizations like the Cajun Navy over FEMA?

Well…

We Do Better wants to give you the chance to make some of those spending decisions. They’ve crafted the UCCA (Universal Charitable Credit Act) for that purpose. And we’re making it a part of our Downsize DC Agenda.

This single subject, two-page bill will…

Give you a $500 tax credit ($1,000 for a married couple) for contributions made to any non-profit charitable organization.

Please understand, this is a credit, not a mere deduction. The universal charitable tax credit will reduce the amount you send to the federal government by a whopping $500 or $1,000. You can allocate that money to organizations that do better at solving social problems than the government does.

Multiply that $500 by millions of Americans and the potential social impact is profound.

Even better, taxpayers and charities will have a huge incentive to pressure Congress to expand the credit once it’s in place. This would give you even more control over your tax dollars.

Of course, some people want to simplify the tax code rather than add more complexity. That argument makes some sense for tax deductions. Those are designed to influence your behavior in directions favored by Congress. A tax credit is different. It puts you in charge of allocating the money!

But what’s best about the UCCA is that this is a bill for everyone.

Whether you lean liberal and would like better public services for those who need them the most, or lean conservative or libertarian and would like to see less government, this is a bill that truly represents “We the People.”

Please use our system to ask your elected representatives to introduce the Universal Charitable Credit Act.

The hardwired letter to Congress reads…

I want you to introduce the Universal Charitable Credit Act (UCCA).

You can use the letter we provide or edit it to your liking…

This is a bill created by an organization called We Do Better, and promoted by Downsize DC. UCCA is a two-page bill that will give citizens a $500 tax credit ($1,000 for a married couple) for contributions made to any IRS qualified charity (under section 501). This will…

* Diversify the number of ways Americans can solve social problems
* Incentivize innovation to find new and better ways to address social needs
* Make government agencies compete with private sector alternatives

You can find the text of the UCCA at https://downsizedc.org/text-universal-charitable-credit-act

— END OF LETTER TO CONGRESS —

Thank you for being an ACTIVE DC Downsizer,

Jim Babka & Perry Willis
Downsize DC

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