'Voluntary' socialism

| Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

I couldn't help wondering how staff writer Bob Bauder could have kept a straight face when he wrote in the news story “Task force to scrutinize tax-exempt nonprofits” (Jan. 7 and TribLIVE.com) that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority set a condition that Pittsburgh “assemble the task force to determine how much in voluntary contributions it should receive from nonprofits each year.” I guess “forced volunteers” are just another part of our new socialist governments.

I also noted that union leadership is well-represented on the task force draining more “voluntary” funds from nonprofits. I can only assume that the SEIU and AFSCME will also be represented on the task force along with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council, whose task-force member “believes contributions will come only through forceful means.” I guess that about says it all.

LEE HARRIS

COLLIER

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