Liberals - Hot Air Donations

Filed under: — menk @ 1:35 pm

A recently published book (Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism) by Arthur Brooks, professor of public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University is causing a stir. The analysis in the book suggest that while self categorized Liberals talk about how much they care about others self professed conservatives actually give of themselves and their money to better humanity. In fact, the research suggests that at all income levels and regardless of ethnicity conservatives tend to step up and contribute while the liberals tend to be the most vocal and at the same time contribute little to nothing.

A review of the book in the Wall Street Journal is insightful stating: “our era’s common sense of the matter — that the political left is more compassionate than the political right, and that America is a remarkably ungenerous nation by world standards — is demonstrably inaccurate. In fact, Sen. John Edwards’s repeated claim that there are ‘two Americas’ turns out to be correct but misstated: The line of separation runs most saliently not between the haves and have-nots but between the gives and the give-nots, between those Americans who respond to social needs with their own money and time and those who do not.”

The book’s data analysis demonstrates that “Conservative households give 30% more to charity than liberal households. … perhaps most interesting of all, in states in which George W. Bush got more than 60% of the 2004 vote, charitable giving averaged 3.5% of income, as compared with states in which Mr. Bush got less than 40% of the vote, in which the giving averaged a mere 1.9% of income.”

It should come as no surprise that social conservatives with their belief in responsibility of the individual and desire for smaller government would take it upon themselves to donate time and money while the liberals believing that corporations and Government should shoulder all the responsibility for the world’s ills would walk away muttering about creating yet another entitlement that wealthy taxpayers could finance.

You can read the Wall Street Journal review of the book online at the Maxwell School site (or online at Wall Street Journal Online if you are a subscriber)

This book should be mandatory reading for your favorite outspoken liberal. It just goes to show you that “Talk is cheap”

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