November 17, 2006

Hand Up Vice Handout

Sure, conservatives walk the walk better than liberals, but, no doubt, their hearts are purer:

Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks is about to become the darling of the religious right in America -- and it's making him nervous.

The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated in the liberal arts, Brooks has written a book that concludes religious conservatives donate far more money than secular liberals to all sorts of charitable activities, irrespective of income.

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.

Personally, I believe that deep down everyone wants to help. It's just that some seem more anxious and comfortable offering to help with other people's money than with their own.

Posted by Charles Austin at November 17, 2006 03:02 PM

As I usually say, I can be very charitable with other people's money.

Posted by: Jon at 12:22 PM