Sunday, January 23, 2011

Liberals Give Less To Charity Than Conservatives and Chimps

I am constantly seeing liberals spewing socialist agendas that center on redistribution of wealth and it makes me sick. First of all, when did socialism become acceptable in this country? Shame on you if you have forgotten all of histories failed societies based on this form of government.

Socialism is a lie told to people who want a life of ease. Socialism promises prosperity, security and equality, but no matter what those in charge deliver at first, the only result possible is poverty, tyranny and misery. It simply doesn't work. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior, it is a system that ignores incentives.

Capitalism is based on the theory that incentives matter. Work is rewarded. Intelligence is rewarded. Laziness and non-productivity are penalized. Human nature is satisfied with this. The evidence of history overwhelmingly favors capitalism as the greatest wealth-producing economic system available for a society as a whole.

Because socialist countries fail to promote and nurture the potential of their people through incentives, socialist countries where wealth is taken from those that earned it and given to those that haven't, the human spirit is deprived of full development. Socialism fails because it kills and destroys the human spirit. The people leaving Cuba in homemade rafts and boats will tell you.

Socialized medicine, welfare, social security, and minimum wage laws will always appeal to us because on the surface they appear to be expedient and beneficial. Unfortunately, like all socialist programs, they will fail because in the long run they rely on someone paying for other's services. The government tries to give the appearance of being the generous donor but in fact, they are taking credit for money donated (at gunpoint) from others, who had to work to earn it.

Barbie's measurements (if she were life-size): 39-23-33 and Coca-cola was originally green.
The belief that liberals care more about the poor may scratch a partisan or ideological itch, but the facts are hostile witnesses. I love that quote from Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court.

Arthur C. Brooks, an independent and a professor at Syracuse University, published "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism."
The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.

-- Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).

-- Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

-- Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.

-- Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.

-- In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.

-- People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

The notion that they are being generous by forcing the wealthy to involuntarily donate their money, is a fallacy. The facts from Brooks' book make the liberals look downright wrong in their thinking, not to mention greedy and uncaring; the exact thing they accuse conservatives of being. Facts are an inconvenient burden.

The single biggest predictor of someone's likeliness to be generous with his or her time and money is religion. The percentage of registered Democrats who say they have 'no religion' is more than four times what it was in the early 1970s." America is largely divided between religious givers and secular non-givers. The religious givers are disproportionately conservative.

Maybe it is time for the left to take a good look at themselves and realize that it is up to Them, not the government, to take care of those in need and that socialism is a losing proposition and it's time to go to work making the world a better place.

hat tip to: Arthur C Brooks

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree with this article more, and the facts are not new...These same finding have been going for years and years without anyone using them as a basis for analysis as a foundational difference between conservatives and liberals and why liberalism is a moral and ethical failure.