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Liberal Tightwads and Compassionate Conservatives

It truly is a Christmas miracle that the New York Times printed an article over the weekend called Bleeding Heart Tightwads. The columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, admits what many of us have always instinctively known, that conservatives are more generous than liberals. He cites three studies in his column, all of which support the conclusion that liberals are far more stingy in their charitable giving than conservatives:

  • Arthur Brooks, the author of a book on donors to charity, “Who Really Cares,” cites data that households headed by conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than households headed by liberals.
  • A study by Google found an even greater disproportion: average annual contributions reported by conservatives were almost double those of liberals.
  • The “generosity index” from the Catalogue for Philanthropy typically finds that red states (Republican voting states) are the most likely to give to nonprofits, while Northeastern states (Democrat voting states) are least likely to do so.

Kristof further says, “when liberals see the data on giving, they tend to protest that conservatives look good only because they shower dollars on churches — that a fair amount of that money isn’t helping the poor, but simply constructing lavish spires…(but) according to Google’s figures, if donations to all religious organizations are excluded…(still) conservatives are more generous than liberals.”

Now after reading this, I wanted to dig into the numbers myself. Not that I don’t believe Kristof or his sources, I do, but like the name of my blog indicates, I like to analyze things. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find on the Internet any of the data he referenced in his column. Good data is so hard to come by 🙂 But I did find a report called Volunteering in America, which has state by state trends from 2002 to 2005. The volunteer rate cited in the report is the percentage of the population, 16 years of age or older, that participates in volunteering activities. As you can see in the chart below, 8 of the top 10 states are traditional Republican states, so the data seems to back up Kristof’s conclusions that conservatives are more generous in their giving.

Global Warming Delusion Syndrome

I dread the day when my little girl comes home from school to tell me how she has learned that humans are destroying the planet through global warming. It is then that I will have to explain to her that the man-made global warming theory is a complete hoax.

For more information on the hoax that is gloabal warming alarmism, see:
The Great Global Warming Swindle DVD
Dr. Roy Spencer, Climatologist, University of Alabama and his book, Climate Confusion
Mysterious California Glaciers Keep Growing Despite Warming
Poll: most Britons doubt cause of climate change
Cold Water Thrown on Antarctic Warming Predictions by LiveScience
Gore Used Fictional Video to Illustrate ‘Inconvenient Truth’
Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore to Expose Global Warming Fraud

I, of course, will have to explain that the global warming hoax has been perprtuated for political reasons, primarily by liberals and neo-communists who want the power of socialized government to reach into our lives and control the way we live. I will have to explain to her that global warming has become its own religion, with Al Gore as the high priest. It is a religion because you have to accept on faith the alarmists theories that the earth is trending warmer and that man is causing it. The data proves only natural cycles in the earth’s temperature, but the alarmists always fall back on the arguement that requires a new religous faith: ‘what if the global warming alarmists are right!?’ And Al Gore himself, said global warming is not so much a scientific issue, but it is a ‘moral’ issue.

And I will do all this explaining to my daughter lest she fall prey to Global Warming Delusion Syndrome. From the Australian Herald Sun: “Psychiatrists have detected the first case of ‘climate change delusion.’ A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events. The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies.”

Lest my daughter be led astray by false preachers and false doctrines that teach that the earth is running out of something that literally falls from the sky, I will relentlessly expose the hoax that is the man-made global warming theory.