Charitable Giving. Who Gives More?

If you have been reading me long, you know my favorite post to repost is the one where I quote Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, who published “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” In this book/study, Brooks found that:

— Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household

— Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

I also wrote about the charitable giving differences between our Democrat and Republican leaders.

The giving of Democrat leaders like Obama, Gore, Kerry, Obama are embarrassing. Most middle class families give more than these rich politicians. The Republicans leaders were MUCH more generous. Which does side with Brooks’ study.

Liberal politicians seem to think that if they force you to give more to the government, then that is their way of charity. There is simply no need to give up their own hard earned money.

On a related note, I also wrote a comparison on Presidential daughters you might find interesting.

Ann Coulter has a similar piece out today. She compares the giving between Bush, Obama, Cheney, Biden, Gore and Kerry. All prove Brooks’ study.

Enjoy her article. She is at her snarky best. Here’s a excerpt (best line is last):

In a single year, Schweizer reports, Rush Limbaugh “gave $109,716 to ‘various individuals in need of assistance mainly due to family illnesses,’ $52,898 to ‘children’s case management organizations,’ including ‘various programs to benefit families in need,’ $35,100 for ‘Alzheimer’s community care — day care for families in need,’ and $40,951 for air conditioning units and heaters delivered to troops in Iraq.”

The only way to pry a liberal from his money is to hold tickertape parades for him, allowing him to boast about his charity in magazines and on TV.

Isn’t that what Jesus instructed in the Sermon on the Mount?

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do … But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:2-4)

In my Bible, that passage is illustrated with a photo of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

In 2005, Vice President Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. He also shot a lawyer in the face, which I think should count for something.

You know the “rich” Obama is always railing against? The top 2% he thinks should pay even more of their fair share in taxes? Well, in 2006, the most recent year that data is available, those top 2% earners donated almost half of all donations to private charity in this country. They gave charities $81 billion dollars that year. Keep in mind that in addition to that, the top 1 percent of income earners paid 40 percent of all federal income taxes in 2007. The top 10% of income earners paid 71%. So, remember that next time you see a Democrat politican get all flustered about NOT raising taxes on the “rich.” They not only pay the majority of taxes, they also give the most to charity.

Do you not think Pres. Obama and other Democrats know this? They do. The problem is they want the government to decide where that money goes instead of you.

The bottom line is that the reality of charitable giving is far from perception. Who really champions the poor? Those that fight for government programs funded by us, and then go back to their cushy compounds in Hyannis Port, never parting with their own money? Only using it to live lavishly? Or is the ones who take their hard earned money and give it to those less fortunate with no government involvement?

You decide.

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