Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Conservatives Are More Generous

Not terribly surprising, as we already know that red states are more generous than blue states when it comes to charity...

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.

His book, he says, is carefully documented to withstand the scrutiny of other academics, which he said he encourages.

The book's basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.

Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone's tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don't provide them with enough money.

Such an attitude, he writes, not only shortchanges the nonprofits but also diminishes the positive fallout of giving, including personal health, wealth and happiness for the donor and overall economic growth.
All of this, he said, he backs up with statistical analysis.
Two points:

1. If the opposite findings were in the book, would this author be on every single news program in the country, or what?

2. Is a little unfair to say that liberals aren't particularly generous at all, as they are well known for extorting money from people (read tax-paying citizens) at the barrel of a gun, with threats of violence and imprisonment, and then dispersing it to those they wish to buy votes from.
(And before you bitch, note I didn't say Democrats - there are plenty of liberal Republicans at the trough of stolen cash.)

Yep, liberals are real generous with other peoples' cash, just not with their own.
I wonder what it feels like to be morally superior...