The underlying problem to your question would be what charitable contributions you are going to count. While donations to ones house of worship are considered charity, I would not count them. The same would be any donation that gives naming or named rights (giving to your own college to get a building with your name on it as an example). I would also have problems counting donations to an establishment that you in fact use (for example, I give money to my community theater, and separately attend. I get a benefit out of my contribution). In the end, my gut tells me, if we are talking about semi anonymous gifts, to charities that give no public affirmation, as a percentage of income, it is most likely the same.
Originally Posted by Sota4Ever
When Mitt Romney's contributions to charity were carefully examined, they were overwhelmingly to his own church. To me, that should not be counted in your survey. Here in Los Angeles, the owner of the Clippers, Don Sterling, gives large chunks of money, then takes out full page ads in the Los Angeles Times to let all of us know. To me, this should not be counted.
In summary, this is not a simple quantitative issue.
Here is the question of the day, does anyone think that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage of their income to taxes than middle class people? Don't argue tax brackets, just a simple question. Do you think someone earning 46 million dollars should pay a lower percentage of their income than say someone earning sixty thousand?