Compassionate Conservatism; callous Liberalism

While Liberals often claim the high ground of compassion, what happens when you look at who in America contributes most to charity?

Consider these items reported in an article by George Will in Real Clear Politics, entitled Conservatives More Liberal Givers:

  • 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 ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
  • Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
  • Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.
  • Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.
  • In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
  • People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

If Liberals want to make any case, such as Obamacare and other welfare state programs are needed to “prevent throwing grandma off a cliff,” to “prevent poor children with autism or Down’s syndrome to fend for themselves,” they should first realize that the “first responders of the social safety net” are those who give to charity. And if government retreated from this role, then more and more people would rise to that calling.

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