One of the reasons people style themselves “liberal” or “progressive” involves their need to feel morally superior to “mean-spirited conservatives.” This moral vanity also drives their ostensible generosity with regard to large social welfare programs, including government-run health care.
According to George Will, however, such people are generous mainly with other people’s money. While progressives are very enthusiastic about giving away tax dollars extracted from your wallet, they give less of their own money to charitable causes than do conservatives.
Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
Progressives, while giving lip service to compassion and generousity, are pretty stingy when it comes time to actually put their money where their mouths are. Could this be driven by the same character trait that causes them to yammer so much about racism while hiding out in white bread communities?