Sunday, November 19, 2006

Study Claims Conservatives More Generous

Authur C. Brooks professor at Syracuse University, has written a book , titled "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism", due for release on Nov. 24.

"In the book, he cites extensive data analysis to demonstrate that values advocated by conservatives--from church attendance and two-parent families to the Protestant work ethic and a distaste for government-funded social services--make conservatives more generous than liberals."

"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." --Frank Brieddy

I was raised in a middle class, traditional, religious conservative family myself. I grew up watching my parents giving not only their money, but also their time and efforts to charitable activities. I guess that's mainly why I'm a conservative thinker today. I've witness the benefits of serving others, the satisfaction that comes from giving. So when President Bush talks about "compassionate conservatism", I get it!

Sadly, society today is drifting further and further away from the traditional family unit in which I believe is the foundation of this great country.

Interesting article. I guess I'll have to get the book.


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Excellent post, Ron. Seriously, when we conservatives make our own way, most of us give generously to others. But when the government tries to "redistribute wealth" through taxation, resentment builds. I want to choose the charities I give to, not have it forced on me by a socialistic government! I feel I should have the right to put my money where I want it to go.

Like Brieaddy writes, we are very active in our church, and absolutely believe the goverment should let us redistribute what we can where we can. That gives us a feeling of doing good. That feeling is absent when it is forced on us. We are as generous as we can afford to be. When taxes are jacked up by Democrats, we cannot give as much to where we want the help to go; in fact, we don't even know where it's going! I personally spend a lot of time and quite a bit of money helping people I know personally. Tax me too high and I may not be able to continue to do that.

Your post is right on!

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Shane just did a post on this exact same thing ;-). It comes as no surprise to me and even though our giving gets used with much less waste and fraud we are grinches because we don't want the government to suck all our money away.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!


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