Perhaps the most revealing moment from last night’s press conference, on President Obama’s proposal to reduce the tax deduction for charitable contributions for those in the two highest brackets:
QUESTION: It’s not the well-to-do people. It’s the charities. Given what you’ve just said, are you confident the charities are wrong when they contend that this would discourage giving?
OBAMA: Yes, I am. I mean, if you look at the evidence, there’s very little evidence that this has a significant impact on charitable giving.
In other words, “I know better than they do how this tax code change will affect them. The American public should ignore their objections.”