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aananny



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:33 am    Post subject: I CARE! Reply with quote

RE: Arthur Brooks new book "Who Really Cares: The Truth About Compassionate Conservatisam" - Frankly, everything Mr. Brooks has written in this book, compassionate conservatives already knew... we have known it for a long time now ... it's just hidden, denied, overrun by a very powerful, very misguided, very twisted, exclusive system/machine of censorship and deception called the major news media, i.e. ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.
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Barb



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realize some of you will say, "oh, yeah, Bill O'Reilly...that conservative nut"...but even conservative nuts get it right sometimes...and I think his article (below) states a defensible opinion. However, I still agree with the so-called "liberal" school of thought that we need to invest more in what O'Reilly refers to as "subsidized health care, housing, educational scholarships and the like". The balance between the have's and the have-nots in the good old USA has taken an unhealthy dip into the not's territory the past 10-12 yrs. It's time to reprioritize and get it back in line. And this country needs to shoulder its fair share of the world's efforts at alleviating the unconscionable suffering among the indigent populations that compose at least half of the world's population. There are several European countries contributing higher percentages of their GDP's to support the Millenium Project than the U.S. is. That's a sad commentary, isn't it. And it's a non-partisan issue, for sure!

I enjoyed this article for telling this side of the story like it is. Our little small town church is still sending a small group to E. Texas and La. one weekend a month to help a lot of uninsured and elderly folks repair their little homes & trailers damaged in Rita or Katrina. But it took the U.S. Supreme Court to force our Govt's FEMA agency to resume providing rent subsidies for people who're unable to work or return home (there's STILL no place to rent, live or work in lots of small-town La. & Miss.). In spite of the few who're milking the system, there're still lots of them who aren't and in desperate straits. Thank heavens, the checks 'n balances system's still working fairly well. But, why should it have taken the Supreme Court to force that issue?! Priorities!!

Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox.
Barb
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Charity: It's The Right Thing to Do

By: Bill O'Reilly for BillOReilly.com
Thursday, Nov 30, 2006
So what are we to make of the fact that conservative Americans donate 30% more to charity than liberal Americans? A new book called "Who Really Cares" by Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks is not going to please the Howard Dean crowd. The book states flat-out that religious Americans who vote Republican are far more likely to be generous to the downtrodden than secular-progressives.

The big question, of course, is why? Liberal philosophy is all about "nurturing" people who need help. The "tax the rich" crew can't yell loud enough that more money needs to go to Americans in need. Just not their money.

That may be unfair, but probably is not. The cornerstone of liberal economic thought is "income redistribution;" that is, big government taking assets from the affluent through taxation and giving said assets to the less well-off through entitlements like subsidized health care, housing, educational scholarships and the like. The left is also big on imposed "economic justice," things like guaranteed wages and lifetime job security.

But a funny thing happened on the way to socialism. Americans who believe in "income redistribution" give 75% less to charity than Americans who do not, according to Dr. Brooks. That is a stunning differential.

I believe this is a religious thing. Secular-progressives believe in individual gratification, and that often takes money. Buying that jazzy new SUV and that vacation home can deplete disposable cash fast. If it's all about you, then you are thinking about you, not about poor Dave down the street.

But devout Christians, Jews, and Muslims are compelled to help the poor by their beliefs. Personal gratification is not a big theme in scripture. Jesus was a huge "help your neighbor" guy. For J.C., it is all about Dave down the street, not the latest material possession.

The statistics say that religious Americans give four times as much money to charity each year than secular people, and are 23 times more likely to volunteer to help people than folks who never attend church. And here's another crushing stat: If liberals donated blood at the rate conservatives do, the nation's blood supply would rise 45%.

So in this season of giving, Christmas, a word some liberals don't like to say, it might be worth pondering just who is really looking out for the have-nots. The leftist media often portrays conservatives as mean, cruel and insensitive to the plight of the downtrodden. But, as the tax returns of multi-millionaires Dick Cheney and Al Gore prove, the media image is false. The Vice President gives millions to charity, Mr. Gore very little.

So the next time you hear a big government liberal bloviate about helping the poor, please trot out the statistics mentioned in this column. And then tell that person that in America today, giving money to charity seems to be the right thing. What's left is not even close.
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Jude



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This book doesn't reflect my reality. As an atheist single mother of three, I am afraid to "come out" about my atheism. At the high school where I worked for a couple of years, the secretary is a devout Christian, which means that she persecutes those of us who aren't. I make very little money (between 10 and 15,000 a year), but when I have extra money, it goes to the American Friends Service Committee, the ACLU, Amnesty International, and kiva.org I volunteer about 5 hours a week. I give blood (when I'm not too anemic from insufficient food). I'm glad your statistical research made you feel better about yourself, but I don't think it has anything to do with reality.
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jhcjhc



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jude wrote:
This book doesn't reflect my reality. As an atheist single mother of three, I am afraid to "come out" about my atheism. At the high school where I worked for a couple of years, the secretary is a devout Christian, which means that she persecutes those of us who aren't. I make very little money (between 10 and 15,000 a year), but when I have extra money, it goes to the American Friends Service Committee, the ACLU, Amnesty International, and kiva.org I volunteer about 5 hours a week. I give blood (when I'm not too anemic from insufficient food). I'm glad your statistical research made you feel better about yourself, but I don't think it has anything to do with reality.


Hey Jude, if thats all true I'm sure there is a church in your area that has an outreach program that helps those in need with free groceries and clothing!! (I've helped in the past at my church's outreach) You don't even have to believe in God, they'll do it just because they want to help.
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Sapwolf



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: I CARE! Reply with quote

aananny wrote:
RE: Arthur Brooks new book "Who Really Cares: The Truth About Compassionate Conservatisam" - Frankly, everything Mr. Brooks has written in this book, compassionate conservatives already knew... we have known it for a long time now ... it's just hidden, denied, overrun by a very powerful, very misguided, very twisted, exclusive system/machine of censorship and deception called the major news media, i.e. ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.


Yep. It's one of those everyone knows already, so what's the big deal. I will also add that one virtue amongst some conservative thought is modesty.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jude wrote:
This book doesn't reflect my reality. As an atheist single mother of three, I am afraid to "come out" about my atheism. At the high school where I worked for a couple of years, the secretary is a devout Christian, which means that she persecutes those of us who aren't. I make very little money (between 10 and 15,000 a year), but when I have extra money, it goes to the American Friends Service Committee, the ACLU, Amnesty International, and kiva.org I volunteer about 5 hours a week. I give blood (when I'm not too anemic from insufficient food). I'm glad your statistical research made you feel better about yourself, but I don't think it has anything to do with reality.


And what a wonderful exception to the statistics you are!
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