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Conservatives have responded poorly to Chic-Fil-A’s abandonment of The Salvation Army. The problem is not that the company has arguably joined the Left’s zeitgeist with its corporate donations. The problem is that companies make donations at all.
A corporation is just individuals working as a team for business purposes. Whatever money donated by the company is taken from the same revenue that supports wages/salaries and can be invested in the company for the good of all employees.
Nor is it really “the company” as a whole choosing donation recipients, but rather one or a handful of managers. A corporate donation is effectively a company tax on employees for management’s own non-business interests. Managers can donate from their salaries like anybody else. But by this method they can double-dip at indirect expense to others.
IRS incentives for corporate donations only serve the interests of CEOs, who generally happen to lean Left (or cave to the Left’s bullying). Republicans should repeal those incentives so that more of company profits enrich individuals to choose donation recipients for themselves, rather than worry if one’s employer is directing the fruit of one’s labor to evil organizations and idiotic money pits.
Individuals can choose to join other organizations, like churches or local clubs, to give collectively if they care to. But one does not typically join a business to work for someone else’s choice of charitable projects.Published in