For many people, Lyndon Johnson is just a former US president who took over following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, many people miss or are unaware of one crucial detail. While serving as a senator, Lyndon B. Johnson championed a bill that sought to ensure that church money stayed as far away from politics as possible. His efforts saw the passing of what is popularly known as the Johnson Amendment in 1954.
At the time, the amendment did not seem to disrupt anything or make much sense. However, the effect of Johnson Amendment and everything it represents appears to have been thrown out the window. Judging from the recent turn of events, churches and other tax-exempt non-profit organizations will be allowed to pour donations aimed at driving political campaigns for their preferred candidates.
Many people do not understand the importance of the Johnson Amendment. Look at it from this context; in 2015, the donations made to religious organizations by the US citizens was over $119 billion. Contrast this figure with approximately $6.5 billion which was spent in the 2016 election (the most expensive election in the history of US). What are the fears associated with the repeal of the amendment – something that Trump promised during his presidential campaigns? The greatest concern is; once people make church donations, it will become impossible for them to know how the money is used in the end. A massive chunk of the $119 billion could be directed towards conservative political groups,an act that will destabilize the U.S democracy.
In May 2017, the president issued an executive directive discouraging the IRS from enforcing the amendment’s terms. While executive orders do not necessarily accomplish anything by themselves, this is a clear indication that Trump will try to keep his campaign promise of repealing the amendment.
Thankfully, End Citizens United is not taking this lying down. End Citizens United is committed to protecting the Johnson Amendment by all means. The PAC believes that the Johnson Amendment plays a fundamental role in ensuring the separation of the church and state in the United States. The issue could end up in the Supreme Court. Just like in 2010, no one can predict the court’s ruling. Unfortunately, the recent appointment of another conservative to the bench may mean a disappointing and disastrous decision regarding this amendment. Whatever happens, PACs and groups such as ECU have a tough responsibility of ensuring that dark money is kept away from the coffers of political campaigns.
About End Citizens United
ECU was founded to overturn the extremely unpleasant Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010. Established in 2015, ECU participated its first election cycle in 2016 with over $25 million in funding. Some of the Democratic candidates that the Political Action Committee has endorsed include Hilary Clinton, Zephyr Teachout, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Russ Feingold and Jon Ossoff. Read more on wikipedia.com to know more about End Citizens United.
Earth force is a unique charity working to challenge children to become brilliant future members in society through helping their communities build better environmental protection. Jon Urbana is the man who is backing these amazingly intelligent efforts. The future of the world is at the hand of the children of tomorrow and Earth Force is seeing to it this earth is around for at least thousand more years. This is a fantastic cause for Jon to be backing and in his other day job which is running lacrosse camps for youth, he is instilling a strong work ethic on and off the field.
This often allows the youth he works with at camp to do great things in the community. Imagine children that know about gardening programs, recycling programs and take these so that they can put them into action in their communities. At school these children Jon has worked tirelessly with on Twitter (jonurbana1) to strengthen their resolve for creating change in the world. Children in the classroom being competent in seeing to it that there are recycling programs where papers go into bins in each classroom instead of into the garbage. They are also learning via presentations through Slideshare and other channels of Urbana’s, like Facebook, Instagram, and Crunchbase about the different ways to use recycled goods.
The recycled goods are not just the typical paper but think about metal re-purposed into different holiday ornaments. Jeans made into the nicest softest blankets you can find. These kids have seen how even toilet paper is made of recycled materials. So much of these efforts already established but in teaching these children a love for the environment they will become members of a future society that comes up with a million ways to make things last just a little bit longer.
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If it has impassioned you to back this cause along with Jon please go out and do what you can to teach children in your community to better the world even if it is only one step at a time. Thankfully Jon is making a difference through his go fund me backing of Earth Force but everyone can work hard like him to see this mission into a positive future.
Incorporate Olympic Valley has been in the news quite a bit lately, and this is due to the recent financial situations pending with the future of the area. There are many individuals who are very against incorporating Olympic Valley. Cityhood for this valley is something that may be a fiscal nightmare for the area. There are fewer than 1,000 residents that live in Olympic Valley and fiscal experts are saying that it would be nearly impossible for this are to support themselves as a city. Cityhood for this small area would be a recipe for disaster as incorporation would cause more problems than solutions.
The main source of revenue for the city would be a tax that is imposed upon hotel guests, and it is very unlikely that this tax would cover all the costs that it takes in order to run a city. There would be much more needed than taxes on hotel guests to make cityhood a viable option. If this area was to become a city, there is an estimated deficit that would be growing more and more by 2017. There were some residents that were pushing towards cityhood with the announcement of a new hotel and 300,000 square foot center for commercial development. Residents believed that cityhood would give them much more say on these types of developments, but they didn’t think of the fiscal implications of this incorporation.
Experts have said,“The independent study confirms the prevailing wisdom, that creating a town of 500 people, based on one revenue source and dependent on tourism and weather conditions, doesn’t make sense.” There is not a stable enough type of revenue for this area to be incorporated into a township. There are many more sources of revenue that need to go into a city on order for it to be incorporated.