Conservatives Give More Blood Sweat and Money


While this  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 is   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 more  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 be   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.  via  Ã‚

Posted November 17, 2006 by
Politics | 5 comments

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Conservatives Give More Blood Sweat and Money”

    1. joe bear on November 17th, 2006 9:44 pm

      This no suprise to me.

    2. Houston on November 18th, 2006 6:23 am

      Some people give nothing, others gives until it hurts. I guess I am some place in between.

    3. Scared Monkeys on November 18th, 2006 10:05 am


      Most of are in that place.


    4. matt on November 19th, 2006 2:32 am

      I’ve never been asked my political beliefs when I make donations.

    5. pdh3 on November 20th, 2006 2:52 pm

      Why in the world would you to make charitible donations part of a political agenda?
      Other research has shown that people in the Southern states are more generous than other areas of the U.S. And often, the people who have the least to share are the ones doing a lot of giving. Remember the elderly laundry lady who gave away her life savings of &150,000 to fund a scholarship program?
      People from all walks of life, and all political persuations donate to charity. And some people make donations anonymously. Others help the needy through informal means, and it never gets recognized or counted.
      As in any research, you have to look at the criteria used, and I’d bet someone else could come along with another study to dispute this one.
      But why would anyone bother?

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