Cheapskate Liberals

Recent attention has been given to a 2006 book which claims that liberals give less to charity than do their conservative counterparts. I’ll admit that I have not reviewed the research to see if the claims are true, but I will assume that the author knew what he was doing.We will also ignore the question of whether he was comparing actual dollars donated, or the percentage of income donated (Conservatives tend to be wealthier – or is it that the wealthy tend to be conservative?). Let’s take this claim at face value.

Why are we cheapskates?

I was trying to figure out an explanation or justification for why this could be? Maybe years of advocating for higher taxes and government support for the needy has made liberals feel justified in keeping whatever of their income is left. After all, if you are arguing for more welfare, more foreign aid, more unemployment benefits and universal healthcare – who are you going to give your money to?

But that can’t be the answer. There are too many people suffering out there in the world to make that argument fly.

What if it was because liberals are so dedicated to helping others, and being politically active, that they can’t get good-paying jobs. Teachers, service-industry workers, and non-CEO techies don’t have that much disposable income. Maybe they feel better about themselves when they roll up their sleeves than they do typing in their cc#.

Maybe – but I’m still not convinced.

Maybe there is no excuse. Maybe there is no explanation. Maybe years of giving a damn have cause us to forgot to give. It’s a hard time for everyone, but we have taken a major step in the right direction with the election of Barack Obama as our 44th President. It’s time to take a break from the yelling, and the screaming and the advocating, and take a second to start with the donating.

Give some money to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and protect the most vulnerable. A few dollars can go a long way.

Read this very inspiring story of holiday-time giving, and think about what small act you can do to change another person’s life.

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