Liberal Cheapskates And High Taxes

21 12 2008

When liberals aren’t stereotyping conservatives for being “backward rednecks,” you can usually find them stoking the flames of class warfare against “rich Republicans.”

Nevermind the contradiction of pairing those two insults, and the fact that Obama easily won the affluent vote in 2008.

How do the bleeding hearts treat the less fortunate when they’re not being forced through taxation?

Like how Obama treats his African relatives apparently.  A New York Times article says, they give 30% to 50% less than conservatives.  This is probably because, “Red States are the most likely to give charity and Northeastern states are the least.”

Maybe liberals want high taxes and government intervention because of their own guilty souls.  Certainly conservatives have shown their ability to be charitable on their own, even in the face of high taxes.  The article also suggests that even lower earning conservatives give substantially, whereas most of the liberal donations come from their elite.

Sure, liberals like to berate conservatives for giving a lot to their churches, but the article shows that liberals often give cash to universities and museums where they rarely help the poor anyways.

Naturally, the miserly nature of liberals is universal.

European countries seem to show more compassion than America in providing safety nets for the poor, and they give far more humanitarian foreign aid per capita than the United States does. But as individuals, Europeans are far less charitable than Americans.

Americans give sums to charity equivalent to 1.67 percent of G.N.P., according to a terrific new book, “Philanthrocapitalism,” by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. The British are second, with 0.73 percent, while the stingiest people on the list are the French, at 0.14 percent.

The author behind the study didn’t want to believe his staggering results, but couldn’t deny any longer, after repeated attempts to alter them.

“When I started doing research on charity,” Mr. Brooks wrote, “I expected to find that political liberals — who, I believed, genuinely cared more about others than conservatives did — would turn out to be the most privately charitable people. So when my early findings led me to the opposite conclusion, I assumed I had made some sort of technical error. I re-ran analyses. I got new data. Nothing worked. In the end, I had no option but to change my views.”

According to Google’s figures, if donations to all religious organizations are excluded, liberals give slightly more to charity than conservatives do. But Mr. Brooks says that if measuring by the percentage of income given, conservatives are more generous than liberals even to secular causes.

Conservatives also appear to be more generous than liberals in nonfinancial ways. People in red states are considerably more likely to volunteer for good causes, and conservatives give blood more often. If liberals and moderates gave blood as often as conservatives, Mr. Brooks said, the American blood supply would increase by 45 percent.

What excuse will the mentally diseased invent to explain this away?

Good job to the Times for publishing this.



2 responses

21 12 2008
Mike Harmon

I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

21 12 2008
Bill Knockers

How come so many hits but so few comments?

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