While thisÃ‚ will not be a surprise to conservatives, it is nice to have the ammunition when arguing whether liberals or conservatives give more to charities. The answer isÃ‚ in and the winners by far on the giving side are the conservatives. It was not even close says the liberal author and professor Arthur Brooks. Conservatives give moreÃ‚ of their time, money, and even blood.
So the next time a liberal calls you selfish, self centered, and greedy, mention the book, and then hold up a mirror so they can see who is more likely to beÃ‚ these things.
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.
Such an attitude, he writes, not only shortchanges the nonprofits but also diminishes the positive fallout of giving, including personal health, wealth and happiness for the donor and overall economic growth.
All of this, he said, he backs up with statistical analysis.
“These are not the sort of conclusions I ever thought I would reach when I started looking at charitable giving in graduate school, 10 years ago,” he writes in the introduction. “I have to admit I probably would have hated what I have to say in this book.”
Still, he says it forcefully, pointing out that liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.Ã‚ viaÃ‚ Ã‚ Beliefnet.com.