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Mar 2 2010

Ideology, Religion, and Charity

C.M. Phippen

If liberals are the charitable people and conservatives are greedy and selfish, why is it that though liberals make, on average, 6% more than conservatives (using numbers from 2000), conservatives give, on average, 30% more to charity?

Why is it that religious people are twice as likely as nonreligious people to volunteer (12 times/year v. 5.8 times) and they give nearly four times as much money ($2,210 v. $642)?

Why, even after adjustments for differences in income, does the average religious household give 14% more to nonreligious charities than the average secular household?

Why do conservatives, who make up less than 20% of the population, give over one-quarter of the blood? If liberals and moderates were to give at the rate that conservatives do, the amount of blood collected in the US would increase by 50%!

Just wondering what your thoughts are . . .


Feb 27 2010

Question: Healthcare Reform and Cost Cutting?

Okay, I know there are at least a few of you liberals who read this website and I have a serious question for you – what are the mechanisms in the House and/or Senate healthcare bill that will lead to lower medical costs, one of the two major goals of reform?