A Question About the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Some democrats say that capping tax deductions won’t amount to anything substantive. That is, unless you cap charitable deductions. They further contest that capping charitable deductions would be bad for charities across the United States. My question is this; if you get a deduction for charitable giving, isn’t it in fact the government who paid for the charity and not the person making the donation? Is that charity or blind government incentivized welfare?