Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Generous conservatives / Judy

There was an article recently in our local paper by a liberal writer from the New York Times that I found very interesting. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

"The problem is this: we liberals are personally stingy. Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people...Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates."

One study showed a difference of 30% and another by Google showed a 50% difference in private giving between liberals and conservatives.

"Something similar is true internationally.  European countries seem to show more compassion than the United States in providing safety nets for the poor, and they give more humanitarian foreign aid per capita than the United States does. But as individuals, Europeans are far less charitable than Americans. 

"Americans give sums to charity equivalent to 1.67 % of GNP...The British are second, with .73%, while the stingiest people on the list are the French, at .14%...

"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...the U.S. blood supply would increase by 45%."

Ha! I knew it! Go conservatives!

1 comment:

  1. That's so funny! We got a letter in the mail from the Repulicans, with an official membership card. I think we have to contribute a little more to actually activate the card or something, but I was kind of proud that they would actually send us a Republican card and that we can carry it around. It's like being a card carrying member of the conservative group- just like we carry temple recommends and are card carrying members of the Church. Pretty cool!

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