Urbin Report

Sunday, November 19, 2006

No surprise here...

...to anyone paying attention.

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans according to a study that surprised the liberal academic that conducted it.

...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.

As the kids say, "Duh!" The leftist Nanny staters want the Government to be Mommie instead of growing up.

P.J. O'Rourke nailed it:
"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn'tAnd a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'l do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head."

James Madison was a bit more polite:
"...[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

HT to Rob who has a good summary:
Liberals think that the government should confiscate money to give to organizations the government deems worthy of receiving money. Conservatives would much rather take the time to give to organizations that they themselves deem worthy.

The fact that liberals won’t open their wallets is a symptom of their overall attitudes of government and society: it’s the government’s obligation, not ours, to help those who are needy.

Charities will get their money. Americans will make sure of that. And if the government keeps its grubby hands off of more of our money… charities will get more than enough.