Which party is more compassionate?

June 17, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

Recently, several letters from left-leaning, liberal writers have appeared in the Record. Many of the letters are so convoluted and patently dishonest that the writers obviously live ideologically beyond the realm of logical reasoning.

One writer compared Romney’s religion to the Taliban, another advanced the argument that anyone who is pro-life and is against free contraceptives and abortion pills to women, not only is showing a lack of “Christian love” but is waging a “War on Women.” One writer even accused the Republicans of being against everything but motherhood and apple pie. (On second thought, the phony “War on Women” covers motherhood too).

Although these charges are ridiculous and small-minded and don’t deserve an answer, there is one accusation that cannot go unanswered — that Republicans and conservatives lack compassion and only Democrats and liberals reach out to the poor and needy.

Nothing could be more erroneous.

Time and space does not allow me to quote all the sources of information pertaining to charitable giving, but here are some of their findings:

• Most private charity endeavors, such as homeless shelters, food pantries and adoption agencies, are ministries of churches and other religious organizations (i.e., The Salvation Army), which tend to be conservative in their theology and in their politics.

• One study revealed that conservative households gave 30 percent more to charity than liberal households. Another study by Google found that conservatives’ giving doubled that of liberals.

• Conservatives also donated more time and blood. If liberals and moderates gave blood at the same frequency as conservatives, the blood supply would increase by 45 percent.

• Republican political leaders were much more generous with their giving than Democratic leaders.

• George W. Bush gave away more than 10 percent of his income before and during his presidency. From 2000 through 2004 the Obama’s gave less than 1 percent to charities. After becoming president, they raised that to 5.7 percent.

• The Biden’s reported giving $995 in charitable donations in 2011, about .3 percent of their income. Over the last 10 years they gave a total of $3,690, a miserly .2 percent to charity. In comparison, for 2010 and 2011, the Romneys’ charitable giving averaged out at 16.4 percent.

Conservative political writer Ann Coulter made the following satirical observation: “Elected Democrats crow about how much they love the poor by demanding overburdened taxpayers fund government Login to read more

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