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Conspicuous Charity: Is Dick Cheney more generous than Al Gore
The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2007 | ARTHUR C. BROOKS

Posted on 04/18/2007 6:44:17 AM PDT by presidio9

You might remember the fact, reported ad nauseam in the mainstream press last year, that Vice President Dick Cheney's 2005 tax return showed he had a family income of $8.8 million. This was due in no small part from stock options from a variety of companies, including the much-vilified Halliburton Corp. This fact provoked howls of outrage from many of Mr. Cheney's critics, who claimed it was evidence of what one syndicated columnist has called an "autocratic, plutocratic regime."

Significantly less-frequently reported last year was this datum: Mr. and Mrs. Cheney gave 78% of their 2005 income to charity. That's not a typo -- the couple donated $6.9 million, including the proceeds from stock options and book royalties that Mrs. Cheney routinely gives away. Their giving went to three nonprofit causes in health, higher education and services for inner-city youth.

While the Cheneys might look like elite philanthropists, Mr. and Mrs. Bush were no charitable slouches either. Foursquare tithers, they gave away 12.2% of their adjusted gross income in 2005, and similar percentages in past years. Their giving tends to go to more middle-class causes, including their church, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

How does the current administration compare with the previous one? In 1999, the Clintons gave away a solid 9.4% of their income, while the Gores gave 5.1%. Two years earlier, however, the former vice president's giving had earned some special attention. In 1997, the Gores only gave away $353 of their income of $197,729, or 0.18%. Mr. Gore's spokesman deflected criticism by pointing out that, "To truly judge a person's commitment to helping others, you need to consider what they have done with their lives and how they have spent their time -- and by that standard the Gores are extraordinarily

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: charity; giving

1 posted on 04/18/2007 6:44:19 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Democrats donate to further their political careers, or in the case of thickheaded AlGore, because they make a mistake.

That $300 donation will always be remembered. Well, that and the extravagant lifestyle AlGore leads while claiming the moral high ground.


2 posted on 04/18/2007 6:52:18 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Encourage illegal immigration! Maybe you too can be hit and killed by a drunk driver!)
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To: presidio9

flying around in private jets and being shipped on the ground by monster suv’s to give speeches to the various worldwide global warming sects is the standard we judge algore’s charitable contributions.


3 posted on 04/18/2007 6:54:06 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: VeniVidiVici
That $300 donation will always be remembered

Come on now, you're exaggerating the smallness by a considerable percentage.

It was $353.

4 posted on 04/18/2007 6:58:14 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
That $300 donation will always be remembered. Well, that and the extravagant lifestyle AlGore leads while claiming the moral high ground.

I wish I hadn't needed to excerpt the column at that point. I'll mail it to you, but the jist of it is that Algore's spokesman defends Algore by saying that you can't put a price on the time and energy that he devotes to his pet cause of Global Warming (Theory).

BTW, if it weren't for Global Warming (Theory), is would there be anything else that made Algore even the slightest bit relevant? Maybe there is a method to the madness of SUVs and private jets and giant mansions.

5 posted on 04/18/2007 6:58:52 AM PDT by presidio9 (Suspended for posting an article about Scalia and Arthur Miller arguing at SCOTUS. Seriously.)
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To: presidio9

Algore couldn’t be a pimple on the Vice President’s butt!!!

Vice President Cheney has so much more class than Algore will ever ever know!!!


6 posted on 04/18/2007 6:59:31 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 ("Grow your own DOPE, plant a LIB""Fred Thompson/Duncan Hunter 08")
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To: presidio9
I seem to recall that Mrs. Clinton had itemize some used undershorts of Bill's.

She-it worth its weight in gold!

7 posted on 04/18/2007 7:00:28 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: presidio9
Their [the Bushes'] giving tends to go to more middle-class causes, including their church, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

"Middle-class causes"? Sheesh. Send the writer back to "The Nation."

8 posted on 04/18/2007 7:07:05 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("There is no such thing as death for a Christian who believes in the Resurrection." ~ Fr. Ho Lung)
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To: presidio9; All

“Mr. Gore’s spokesman deflected criticism by pointing out that, “To truly judge a person’s commitment to helping others, you need to consider what they have done with their lives...”

What he really means is, you need to consider: “How much they have used the force of government to fund their own ‘generosity’.”


9 posted on 04/18/2007 7:24:09 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Tax-chick
"Middle-class causes"? Sheesh. Send the writer back to "The Nation

No, the AP is right, because Bush's unfair tax policies, which have awarded the biggest tax cuts to those who need them the least have eliminated the middle class. I know, because I used to be comfortably middle class and now I get my medical care from the Red Cross, and my clothing from the Salvation Army.

10 posted on 04/18/2007 7:32:09 AM PDT by presidio9 (Suspended for posting an article about Scalia and Arthur Miller arguing at SCOTUS. Seriously.)
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To: presidio9

I am beginning to think that Al Gore is pushing the global warming ‘theory’ because it drives up the profits on his carbon credit trading enterprise.


11 posted on 04/18/2007 7:39:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Tax-chick

What would not be middle class causes? Greenpeace and PETA?


12 posted on 04/18/2007 7:42:03 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: presidio9

LOL!


13 posted on 04/18/2007 7:43:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("There is no such thing as death for a Christian who believes in the Resurrection." ~ Fr. Ho Lung)
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To: presidio9

On top of giving to charities, the Cheney’s paid over $400,000 in income tax.


14 posted on 04/18/2007 7:44:03 AM PDT by Eva
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To: sportutegrl
Their [the Cheneys'] giving went to three nonprofit causes in health, higher education and services for inner-city youth.

Maybe the writer thinks these are "upper-class causes."

15 posted on 04/18/2007 7:44:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("There is no such thing as death for a Christian who believes in the Resurrection." ~ Fr. Ho Lung)
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To: presidio9

And let’s remember how John Kerry gave almost nothing to charity during two years in the early 90s; and the recent study which showed that conservatives outgive liberals by 30% at every income level. Yes, Liberals are only generous with other people’s money, not their own.


16 posted on 04/18/2007 7:52:16 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: presidio9

I checked this out at www.snopes.com and http://edc.uoregon.edu/node/572 and it is true!!!

The Story of Two Houses

LOOK OVER THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING TWO HOUSES AND SEE IF YOU CAN TELL WHICH BELONGS TO AN ENVIRONMENTALIST.

HOUSE # 1:

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern “snow belt,” either. It’s in the South.

HOUSE # 2:

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, This house incorporates every “green” feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land
surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

So the answer is:

HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as “the Texas White House,” it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush. So whose house is gentler on the environment? Yet another story you WON’T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it’s truly “an inconvenient truth.”


17 posted on 04/18/2007 8:04:04 AM PDT by thirst4truth
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To: Izzy Dunne
It was $353.

LOL! I stand corrected!

18 posted on 04/18/2007 8:05:26 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Encourage illegal immigration! Maybe you too can be hit and killed by a drunk driver!)
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To: presidio9
Is Dick Cheney more generous than Al Gore?

It all depends on whose money they are using.

19 posted on 04/18/2007 11:06:00 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: presidio9; snugs; LUV W; Miss Marple; ohioWfan; DrDeb; All

Rack the Cheney and Bushies they punk Al Gore BIG TIME on charities


20 posted on 04/18/2007 1:48:04 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: presidio9

Sounds like Spotted Al Gore needs some charity offsets.


21 posted on 04/18/2007 1:56:31 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: presidio9
Heh, Gore has made a pretty penny on his Chicken Little act, hasn't he? He's got a great scam going, going everywhere wringing his hands and crying that we're destroying the planet, trying to make others feel guilty about their energy use At the same time, he's getting rich selling his wealthy friends and hangers-on 'carbon credits' so they can continue to use all the energy they always did, they just don't feel guilty about it any more.

With all the investigative reporters trying to make their chops in the world, it's a wonder SOMEONE doesn't look into this. I guess, though, they'd never win any sort of prize by exposing one of their own as a fraud. Now if President Bush or VP Cheney were doing something like this, I can guarantee you they'd be all over it like white on rice!

22 posted on 04/18/2007 2:06:08 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: presidio9

ALGORE gave LESS than a dollar a day to Charity....HYPOCRITE....typical Democrats want OTHER people to give!


23 posted on 04/18/2007 2:10:44 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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