Monday, November 20, 2006

Shocking Story - Conservatives are More Generous

I found this last week via Drudge, I believe. How can it be that evil conservatives are more generous than loving and compassionate liberals?

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.

Still, he says it forcefully, pointing out that liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.

"His main finding is quite startling, that the people who talk the most about caring actually fork over the least," he said. "But beyond this finding I thought his analysis was extremely good, especially for an economist. He thinks very well about the reason for this and reflects about politics and morals in a way most economists do their best to avoid."

Well, this might surprise the media, but it does not surprise me. I suspect the same secular liberals are the first to call churchgoers "hypocrites." The book, titled "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism" is by Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks.


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