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Mullane: 'I would gladly pay higher taxes for the poor' is fake charity

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Those who see paying their taxes as charitable giving are self-flatterers. Lazy, too. They want bureaucrats to do the work they won’t do.

For Christmas Day, I wrote a column about a man in Lower Bucks County who was homeless for three years. He told me that Christmas was the worst time to be alone on the streets.

He’d see holiday lights in his old neighborhood and imagine the people inside, in the warmth with their families, celebrating. One Christmas night he was at his lowest, when he spotted one of those cheapie, illuminated plastic nativity sets on a lawn. He saw himself in the shepherd figure. Like the shepherds on the first Christmas he, too, was a nobody, cold and alone in the night. But it was the nobodies who were first to hear the Good News.

A reader, a woman, wrote to me about that column. It’s a nice note, and I don’t doubt her sincerity. But it’s troubling, too. She is like so many Christians in America who blend their politics with their religion. Their moralizing comes off as preachy griping, like “I’m a better person than you.” In this case, leftism seems to be her true religion, not Christianity and its........

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