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Sunday, December 21, 2008

An (almost) Honest Liberal

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times stumbled across a bit of truth in his column today:
This holiday season is a time to examine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but I’m unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy.

Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals. A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.
It gets worse:
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.
keep this in mind the next time some liberal accuses conservatives of being mean and stingy. Most of us are concerned with our fellow man but don't believe the proper way of showing compassion is by confiscating money from tax payers to create a massive bureaucracy that caters to a permanent dependent class.


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