Friday, November 24, 2006

Well What Do You Know, I Was Right About Conservative Giving

In December, 2005, I wrote an article entitled, “Proof Conservatives Donate More Than Liberals Do”. In that article I presented data that indicated that residents of states that voted Republican in 2004 donated more, in terms of per capita income, than did residents of states that voted Democrat. Here is an excerpt from that article:

“One of my children, who is of the liberal persuasion, implied recently that liberals were, well, just nicer people than conservatives. This goes back to the old "fish" argument - that it is better, and more compassionate, to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish. If you give him a fish you feed him once, but then he waits to be given another fish. If you teach him to fish, you feed him forever. The founding fathers of this country were well-versed in history and on the nature of man when they organized our form of government to encourage the pursuit of profit - with private property, enforcement of contracts and limited government providing the setting. Their inventions have led to the greatest prosperity and freedom ordinary working people have ever known throughout all history.

But a little research I have done shows a much more pertinent difference between liberals and conservatives on the matter of niceness and compassion. We conservatives have often considered that liberals show their "compassion" by giving away what other people earn - in the form of taxes collected and redistributed in the form of various welfare programs. Now I can prove that it actually goes much deeper than that. Liberals tend to be much more stingy in contributing their own money to charities than are conservatives.

If you look at the per capita income ranking and compare it to the per capita giving ranking, on a state by state basis, you find that the top 25 contributors were states that all voted for Bush (R) in the last election, while the bottom 9 in contributions (and 19 of the bottom 25) voted for Kerry (D).”

I got some criticism from liberals for that article. As usual, when confronted by facts that contradict what they feel, they reject the facts. Recently a book by an author who has researched the same question has been published. Here is an excerpt of an article describing that book and it’s author:

Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous
By Frank Brieaddy
Religion News Service

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks is about to become the darling of the religious right in America -- and it's making him nervous.

The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated in the liberal arts, Brooks has written a book that concludes religious conservatives donate far more money than secular liberals to all sorts of charitable activities, irrespective of income.

In the book, he cites extensive data analysis to demonstrate that values advocated by conservatives -- from church attendance and two-parent families to the Protestant work ethic and a distaste for government-funded social services -- make conservatives more generous than liberals.

The book, titled "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism" (Basic Books, $26), is due for release Nov. 24.

When it comes to helping the needy, Brooks writes: "For too long, liberals have been claiming they are the most virtuous members of American society. Although they usually give less to charity, they have nevertheless lambasted conservatives for their callousness in the face of social injustice."

For the record, Brooks, 42, has been registered in the past as a Democrat, then a Republican, but now lists himself as independent, explaining, "I have no comfortable political home."


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At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill O'Reilly sited last year on the Factor that President Bush gave more money in poverty entitlements, than any other president, going back to L.B.J, including Johnson. He had Charley Rangles on his show, and after listening to Charley whine like a little baby about how "this President doesn't care about the poor in this country", Bill sprang this fact on him. Of course, Charley being one of the big spinners in the Democratic Party, refused to believe it, and kept trying to change the subject. If Charley has his way right now, he's going to try desperately to bring back the draft, a "D" word that even his staunchest Liberal ilk like Nancy Pelosi, wants no part of.

At 5:41 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Unfortunately we are going to need a draft in the near future. We might as well bite the bullet now even though charles Rangel probably isn't serious.

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous steve said...

Rangel was only tring to make the point that rich and entitled people do not join (as a rule)...only the poor join the service.

I don't think we'll bring the draft back in the near future.


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