Conservatives And Charity

While searching for “charity” images for my last post I stumbled upon this tidbit:

The Fraser Institute has released their latest report on charitable giving in the U.S. and Canada, and once again North America’s leaders in charitable donations from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle reside overwhelmingly in red states. This has been the case for some time, and the reason for it almost certainly comes down to a difference in philosophy regarding charity and the role of private/public institutions in its application. It’s unsurprising that conservatives – who by and large believe in the sovereignty of the individual, particularly in terms of fiscal decision-making – choose to give of their own net incomes to charitable causes and organizations that they find worthwhile. It’s also unsurprising (and stereotypical) that liberals choose to give less of their own net income to charity, instead leaving that responsibility to the government, which replaces the individual as the evaluator and benefactor of charitable organizations and endeavors.  Based on that philosophy of charity and responsibility, it’s no surprise that some liberals have been calling on the government to reduce or eliminate the charitable giving tax deduction.

Based on 2009 data, the Fraser Institute found that the top ten states by percentage of aggregate income donated to charity are: (1) Utah, (2) Georgia, (3) Alabama, (4) Maryland, (5) South Carolina, (6) Idaho, (7) North Carolina, (8) Oklahoma, (9) Mississippi and New York.

Conservatives think that charity means taking one’s own money and contributing to the relief of the deserving.

Liberals think that charity means taking other people’s money and contributing to the causes of their liking.

4 responses to “Conservatives And Charity

  1. “Conservatives think that charity means taking one’s own money and contributing to the relief of the deserving.

    Liberals think that charity means taking other people’s money and contributing to the causes of their liking.”

    Haha! That ought to ruffle some feathers. 😉

    • And god knows, irritating people is the point of discourse, right VR?

      • Nicgb,

        Perhaps, but hopefully there’s a more constructive end-result than just irritation. I suppose many need to be irritated first in order for any change to happen.

      • And god knows, irritating people is the point of discourse, right VR?

        There is no better example of this dynamic than Biden.

        The bastard donate old cowboy boots to Goodwill an claims that paying taxes is a patriotic duty.

        Come on.

        If you would like to contribute to the relief of the common man, let it come from you.

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