Saturday, November 18, 2006


It is a fact many of us do not perform enough charity. Some, just think charity is for saps looking for some "warm fuzzies", others do not seem to have the time, the money, the energy etc, others think the government should do it or there oughta be a law. I am hoping to motivate all categories of charity dodgers to do their part, but this blog is about those in the last group, that is the those who want to outsource their charitable works.

Shortly after (IIRC) the 2004 election a map was put out on charitable giving and the map seemed to correlate charitable giving with the red areas of the nation, that is those who vote Republican or wit those who are at least conservative. Now this:
The book's [Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism] 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 [Arthur C. Brooks] 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.

"These are not the sort of conclusions I ever thought I would reach when I started looking at charitable giving in graduate school, 10 years ago," he writes in the introduction. "I have to admit I probably would have hated what I have to say in this book."

Still, he says it forcefully, pointing out that liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood. [emphasis added]
Source: BeliefNet – Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous (By Frank Brieaddy)
Read the whole story. Mr. Brooks tries to not see what his research shows but in the end can not but to.

Of course, Mr. Brooks is making a study and trying to come up with generalizations. We all know leftists/liberals who are truly generous and giving, but I have seen first hand many leftists/liberals who hold the attitude they should not perform acts of charity because they believe the government should do it. We also know of conservatives who can't be bothered with giving.

I do not believe the government should do it. Is the government capable? A government that performs too much charity is sooner or later going to start curtailing our liberties (we see it happening already, since the government provides much medical assistance it now decides to pass laws and regulations to keep medical costs low). No people, Cain asked God Am I my brother's keeper? not My government is my brother's keeper, as the bureau of brother monitoring.

Get up and look for a cause greater than yourself, make it a family affair! When you are being buried do you want your mourners to say He so loved American Idol or She so charitable and willing to help others, we lost a good person.?

BTW, I tip my hat to the Drudge Report for alerting me to the story.