Truth hurts

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 22, 2008

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof discovered that liberals are generally less generous than their conservative counterparts.

This holiday season is a time to examine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but I’m unhappy with my findings. The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy.

Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

Even when acknowledging the obvious, Kristof has a hard time with his phrasing. Is it really evidence of "tremendous compassion" to approve of raising taxes on other people to support "generous government spending"?

This sort of disconnect has been noted before, yet it hasn't seemed to shame liberals into more charitable giving -- the purported goal of Kristof's column.

Here's hoping Kristof has an effect, but don't hold your breath.

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The pattern among critics of the DeVos regs that powerful political leaders (Biden, Cuomo, now Stringer) deserve the due process that these same figures seek to deny to random college students remains something to behold.

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