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Stephen Colbert Gives $800K To SC School Teachers

|| By FITSNEWS || Comedian and satirical newsman Stephen Colbert – who hosted The Colbert Report on Comedy Central from 2005-14 – has teamed up with a national education nonprofit and a Greenville, S.C.-based technology firm to fund $800,000 worth of grants for teachers at government-run schools. Colbert, Share Fair…

|| By FITSNEWS || Comedian and satirical newsman Stephen Colbert – who hosted The Colbert Report on Comedy Central from 2005-14 – has teamed up with a national education nonprofit and a Greenville, S.C.-based technology firm to fund $800,000 worth of grants for teachers at government-run schools.

Colbert, Share Fair Nation and ScanSource announced this week their intention to fund all of the grant requests made by government-run school teachers on the website DonorsChoose.org.  The $800,000 will go toward an estimated 1,000 projects sponsored by 800 teachers at 375 schools.

Benevolent?  Sure …

Effective?  Eh … we’ll see about that.

Certainly the billions of dollars in new money routed through the government’s multi-layered bureaucracies over the last few years has not improved academic outcomes in the Palmetto State.  If anything, the ever-expanding investment has produced worse returns – which even the state’s liberal Supreme Court has acknowledged.

Who knows?  Maybe giving some money directly to teachers will help … although this website has consistently maintained the best way to raise academic achievement in the Palmetto State is by unleashing the power of the marketplace, not throwing more money at a failed monopoly.

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50 comments

Truthiness! May 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Awesome tax write off!

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm

I assume you get none of those, nor contribute to any who do?

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Truthiness! May 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I assume you’ve an old dried up vag and are probably living off federal benefits while cruising/commenting on FITSnews all day long.

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

I am certain you are a bitter angry person and likely just another name in the fade.

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Hey Will – thanks!

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Rakkasan May 8, 2015 at 7:17 am

Keep your government hands off my federal benefits!

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FastEddy23 May 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm

My Daddy said: “Avoid taxable income like the plague. Take every deduction that applies.”

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FastEddy23 May 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

What’s the difference between a tax write off for giving money to government employees and giving it directly to government?

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

The only thing Colbert is doing is saying hey – I’m going to give you X amount of dollars and I won’t be penalized for half that.

I see no problem with it given current tax system. My preference would be no deduction allowed, but then we get into non-profits, which I feel the same about – no tax deduction.

So he gives money he has already paid taxes on for a cause, and then has the ability to deduct (we assume?) Why/how is that so different than all the other deductions out there?

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FastEddy23 May 8, 2015 at 10:20 pm

No difference really. Opinions aside about the recipients.

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Rakkasan May 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Yes, we know you want to “unleash the power of the marketplace”–so your friends can make money by cutting corners, exploiting and excluding people, and reporting BS reports on student achievement.

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fc May 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

LMAO!!! He should have bought his sister a brain,campaign team and a new dress for the one debate she agreed to before Sanford stomped the DNC,RNC and her socialist ass.

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Rakkasan May 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

you betcha .Sanfraud, the right wing extremist, is a much better alternative. Put you John Birch materials away for a while fc, even though I know how reading it over and over again excites you

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Pogo the Prick May 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Colbert does a pretty decent nice guy thing and Pogo has to be a complete dick and bring politics into it.

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Dan Ruck May 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

fuck you!

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Diogenes May 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm

This is not going well, fc

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fc May 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

It went very well.Sanford kicked her sorry,socialist ass.

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Diogenes May 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Sanford won because he had an “R” beside his name. A monkey in a suit can do that in most districts in this benighted state. And in his case, an adulterous, narcissistic, hypocritical one at that.

fc May 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

Sanford won because Colbert-Busch was really Nancy Pelosi…
also a horrible communications and campaign team didn’t help..

The pic of her with “republicans for elizabeth’ or some such and all the gals looked like they could play in the NFL AND apparently wearing her prom dress to the only debate she would agree to while sounding uninformed and reading from the DNC platform sealed the deal in my opinion.

Face it.Sanford got a better debate from the card board cut out of Pelosi.When dems are pressed on ideas they have ZERO-they have to run as Republicans to get elected.

Pete May 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm

And you should crawl back under that stone….

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Degusto May 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Unleashing the power of the market place has never done a lot ot the common good in a winner takes all society. The fact that in the US you have to rely on the charity of rich people to provide equal opportunity will be a historic lesson people will look back to shaking their head. Good on the liberal Colbert putting his money here his mouth runs -kudos. Shame on SC’s politicians and ruling class

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Cognitive Dissonancef 101 May 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

The irony of you bashing the rich, and the “market” while praising Colbert is too funny to ignore.

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Che May 8, 2015 at 5:56 am

Friedrich Engels was an enlightened factory owner -didn’t prevent him from writing the Communist manifesto with Karl Marx. Many members of the ‘lumpen proletariat’ like Grand Tango are actively acting against their class interest too.

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Cognitive Dissonance 101 May 8, 2015 at 8:44 am

“Friedrich Engels was an enlightened factory owner”

Really? You don’t see the irony of him “retiring” from his inherited wealth/factory and using said wealth to finish his days writing about the evils of capital/wealth?

lol

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Che May 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Nope – at least he was on the right side of history. Just because you are rich and have inherited money doesn’t mean you have to be stupid and conservative.

Che May 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

You might want to read up on Robert Owen, another enlightened industrialist and a ‘utopian socialist’. You Americans are funny people and currently live in a Charles dickens novel…

Che May 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

It’s a decent thing to help a third world country and bypassing the people that are too busy “unleashing the powers of the marketplace”.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

+10. Nailed it.

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Three a crowd? May 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

You guys got a good socialist lemon party going on here.

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FastEddy23 May 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm

… making lemonade flavored koolaid?

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Three a crowd? May 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Not exactly, more like commie creamsicles:

lemonparty.org

Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

What’s that saying? “No good deed goes unpunished…” Especially on Fits.

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Good grief, hard to imagine I am agreeing with a man who had a microphone looking booger at one time ;)

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 7, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Those days are long gone now. I’m into triple chins now….

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm

How ’bout a double? ;)

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

“Don’t try to change me baby…”

Simpsons – Comic book guy

SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

LOL!

Mom May 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Colbert attended private school in Charleston. fyi

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Who cares if he is willing to donate his own money to a cause he believes in? Why does it matter?

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Native Ink May 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

He also attended Stiles Point Elementary, a public school, before he went to Porter-Gaud.

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

It’s his money – I don’t always agree with Colbert, but he is funny as hell!. I would personally like to thank him for the huge donation, unfortunately I have no contact info – imagine that! The bastard who donated money, of his own, to a cause he believes in and I can’t even thank him. What a jerk he must be (all sarcasm intended).

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FastEddy23 May 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

“I can do a better job of giving away my money than government can.” -Sir John Tempelton.

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SYNTwist May 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Absolutely!

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SYNTwist May 7, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Will, with all due respect, since when did contributing to a cause in any way hinder free markets? It isn’t like he is spending our tax dollars, but his own money, to a cause he believes in.

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FastEddy23 May 8, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Correct … all opinion aside.

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Boris Badenov May 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Sounds truthy…

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FastEddy23 May 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

A fool and his money … ?

I think he would have better used it to light campfires at a teachers’ camping retreat.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 7, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Tell me about a fool and his money….that’s what the Koch brothers thought after the 2012 election.

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FastEddy23 May 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm

I have a rule. My family never gives money to lawyers and/or politicians …

If the return address on the solicitation is DC or NYC, one might just as well burn the money.

My favorite charity is the Salvation Army, with the hq in San Deigo.

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Writenow May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

Very churlish article, yes. But seriously, what else could be expected from a male who claims a friendship with Todd Kincannon? Will is proof, not only proof, some people cannot or will not learn…but a very poor sport, indeed. Not one word of hope for SC’s kids. What a schmuck.

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