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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Who really cares?

By Thomas Sowell

A new book, titled "Who Really Cares" by Arthur C. Brooks examines the actual behavior of liberals and conservatives when it comes to donating their own time, money, or blood for the benefit of others. It is remarkable that beliefs on this subject should have become conventional, if not set in concrete, for decades before anyone bothered to check these beliefs against facts.

What are those facts?

People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes.

It is not that conservatives have more money. Liberal families average 6 percent higher incomes than conservative families.

You may recall a flap during the 2000 election campaign when the fact came out that Al Gore donated a smaller percentage of his income to charity than the national average. That was perfectly consistent with his liberalism.

So is the fact that most of the states that voted for John Kerry during the 2004 election donated a lower percentage of their incomes to charity than the states that voted for George W. Bush.
Conservatives not only donate more money to charity than liberals do, conservatives volunteer more time as well. More conservatives than liberals also donate blood.

According to Professor Brooks: "If liberals and moderates gave blood at the same rate as conservatives, the blood supply of the United States would jump about 45 percent."

Full article.


  • They only give lip service to caring about the so called liberal issues. It is really all about them and what they can get or have. The "What's in it for me crowd" will always pretend to support a cause if they can profit by it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 PM  

  • The left, here in the U.S., much like the Europeans, believe that there ought to be programs, government programs specifically, to solve all the ills of society, and therefore charity really isn't necessary.

    The more heavily you are taxed, the less you will give to charity, as can be seen in Europe.

    Therefore, their charity represents itself in the form of the taxes they pay. But yet, they will be the first to try and shelter their income and minimize their tax obligations.

    "Everyone should be taxed more... just not me" seems to be their philosophy.

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 9:35 PM  

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