The American people have been going through some tough fiscal times. We need to close a deficit created by the Republicans. Instead of working together (Republicans and Democrats) to alleviate an untenable economic situation leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, the parties have continued to clash and lie about the situation.
This is a suggested way to close the deficit and to find a source of taxation that will put our children in a considerably stronger position than they now face.
Tax all religious property, churches, temples, mosques, the homes of the religious and any and all property which is currently owned or maintained by religions throughout the United States.
Religions currently hide behind the First Amendment and general tax laws covering religions, their types of income and expenditure, and expectations covering what they must do with their money to keep from being taxed. However, there are clear indications that these laws and general directions covering taxation are continuously abused by churches and church leaders, but the Department of Taxation is overly cautious about doing continuous and full inspections of religious organizations and their incomes and expenditures and very little is ever done about the abuse of tax laws by religious organizations. It is also clear that groups such as the Catholic Church, Jewish Temples, and even the Southern Baptists are funneling American money to other countries under the guise of charitable work or for use by religious leaders to proselytize.
Thus the taxation of religious groups, their buildings and properties, should be an easy choice by the appropriate government agencies; the religions will be helping to establish jobs and income for the poor, a function which they clearly recognize as their responsibility. The religious groups will be able to recognize their part in saving America from fiscal ruin and its future generations of children from poverty.