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Liberals vs. Conservatives: Charity contest

Posted by sanityinjection on December 22, 2008

Liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof discovers in the NYT that conservatives give more to charity than liberals do:

He breaks down several variables including the impact of religious giving and giving to organizations that don’t have a big impact on the truly less fortunate. He also points out that conservatives volunteer more and give blood more often.

In fairness, conservatives *should* be more charitable in principle. If we believe that it is not the government’s job to look after the less fortunate, it is up to us to provide a non-governmental solution, and that means charities and volunteerism. Liberals can argue that they support raising taxes on themselves to support government programs for the poor and disadvantaged.

I like Kristof’s call for a good-natured competition between liberals and conservatives to see who can do more for the less fortunate. During hard economic times, charity becomes all the more important. Although we may be having a harder time ourselves, there is always somebody in worse shape.

This year, I made a point to give more to charity than I have in the past. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do even better next year. I hope you will, too.


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