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Depending on Dependency
Creators Syndicate ^ | September 11, 2012 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 09/10/2012 10:18:52 AM PDT by jazusamo

The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another — and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless.

All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.

Yet the notion that people who prefer economic decisions to be made by individuals in the market are not as compassionate as people who prefer those decisions to be made collectively by politicians is seldom even thought of as a belief that should be checked against facts.

Nor is this notion confined to Democrats in America today. Belief in the superior compassion of the political left is a worldwide phenomenon that goes back at least as far as the 18th century. But in all that time, and in all those places, there has been little, if any, effort on the left to check this crucial assumption against facts.

When an empirical study of the actual behavior of American conservatives and liberals was published in 2006, it turned out that conservatives donated a larger amount of money, and a higher percentage of their incomes (which were slightly lower than liberal incomes) to philanthropic activities.

Conservatives also donated more of their time to philanthropic activities and donated far more blood than liberals. What is most remarkable about this study are not just its results. What is even more remarkable is how long it took before anyone even bothered to ask the questions. It was just assumed, for centuries, that the left was more compassionate.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; democrats; dependency; sowell; thomassowell; welfare

1 posted on 09/10/2012 10:18:57 AM PDT by jazusamo
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Optimistic Republicans who say that widespread unemployment and record numbers of people on food stamps hurt President Obama's reelection chances are overlooking the fact that people who are dependent on government are more likely to vote for politicians who are giving them handouts.

This is why the Dems have a core group of support of about 40% of the national vote. They are the people who both pay little to no taxes and get government handouts. It doesn't matter how badly the economy is doing. As long as their check keeps coming, they'll vote for Obama and the Dems.

2 posted on 09/10/2012 10:22:43 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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3 posted on 09/10/2012 10:24:55 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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I apparently have multiple personalities. Or at least two. I despise Obama, ergo must be racist. But then I admire, respect, love, cherish, honor Thomas Sowell.

4 posted on 09/10/2012 10:40:11 AM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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One should never forget that government is force. We own our own bodies and the labor thereof. Using force to take the fruits of our labor to benefit someone else is a fundamental violation of the social compact, in which each surrenders control over the same alienable rights to government in exchange for the same benefits of increased general safety, peace, health and commerce (e.g. transportation.) There must be an equivalency of surrender and benefit or the deal is no longer equitable and freedom is destroyed.

5 posted on 09/10/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT by marsh2
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I’m thrilled.

Two from him today!

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One of my biggest fears has been the success of the Democrats under Obama in ginning up the welfare state. It appears their plan is working. No jobs creates dependency.

The attitude of “I’m not proud, I’ll take the freebies” I’ve seen displayed by some contradicts the attitude of the America of my youth.

It all adds up to Obama, and the Socialists/Communists winning against all apparent odds from a Conservative point of view.

7 posted on 09/10/2012 3:07:08 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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Sadly, Obama and the Rats welfare plan does seem to be working. He has to go this election along with his Senate majority or we'll really be hurting.
8 posted on 09/10/2012 3:15:27 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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