Hmm...The President's tax return got a once-over yesterday. $2,656,902 in 2008, mostly from selling his memoirs. The report I saw last night said $176,000 in charitable giving. That's just under 7%. I'm going to make an assumption here, based on what's been reported about the President's Chicago church, that he's heard much preaching on the giving of the tithe. That's 10%.
7% is quite a jump from the early years of this century, when they were less than 1%. Good work, Obamas.
Now, I'm not one to talk. Our giving is below the tithe, as well. But neither am rummaging through other peoples' pockets to find money to give. And, as he continues to do so, our net income is going to go down measurably. While his will, too, I imagine we'll feel the bite much more deeply. Our family will miss that money much more than his will. We'll do it, because we have to, and we'll make do with it, because we'll have to.
I'd just like to see them put their money where their mouth is.