This is a bit of a follow-up to our note about social conservative philanthropic attitudes toward lesser developed countries. The Journal Editorial Report brought the Hudson Institute’s Index of Global Philanthropy to our attention. Among other things, this report showed that private organizations sent more than $35 billion to other nations with $8.8 billion coming from U.S. religious charity.
This report highlights a key difference between the liberal and conservative approach to charity, philanthropy and aid. Conservatives are often criticized for their skepticism of large government programs which will supposedly help the poor domestically or internationally.
It’s not that conservatives don’t have the bleeding hearts of their liberal friends, it’s that we don’t see appropriating someone else’s money and creating vast government programs to spend it, while patting ourselves on the back, to be all that grand of an idea.
It’s easy spending someone else’s money–the “rich,” for example–try spending a little of your own.
Government programs like the ones Clinton & Obama champion are simply liberal guilt for not giving, expressed in yet another bloated bureaucracy. These bloated bureaucracies serve only to create more job opportunities for self-righteous young progressives who shun the selfish and greedy business world. You know this world–the one that creates all the wealth and prosperity that allows them to fund their quest for a liberal, multi-cultural, hand-holding utopia.
Next time someone tries to peddle the canard that liberals are the only ones who care about the poor and suffering and that conservatives just want to get “theirs,” well, remember that it is conservatives who actually give theirs while liberals want to spend yours.
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