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Are Liberals Less Selfish Than Other People?
American Thinker ^ | 3/4/2014 | Karin McQuillan

Posted on 03/04/2014 3:05:13 AM PST by markomalley

Liberals claim to be better than other mortals. Liberals, they tell us, are a political anomaly who vote for other people’s benefit, not their own. Democrats see themselves as the generous party, the saviors of the needy, the elderly, the minority underdog against the cruel hand of fate and Republicans.

Liberals are right: there is a difference in caring that shows up along party lines. Conservatives give more, a lot more. They aren’t content with good-hearted wishes, they do good deeds, turning wishes into actions. Conservatives are ten times more personally charitable, even to secular causes. They do far more volunteer work. They even give more blood. Conservatives do more to help the poor, the sick, minorities, the environment. People who want small government give an average of $1600 a year versus a measly $140 given by redistributionists. It’s not because conservatives are richer; the opposite is true.

Liberals rationalize their stingy behavior by saying government welfare is a right. They will tell you that voting for higher taxes (on other people) is morally superior to charity. Really? Out of a $1000 “donated” to the IRS a meager $30 reaches the poor, versus $700 from a private charity. Our neediest citizens would be in tough shape without the $126 billion in church programs, from soup kitchens to adoption centers to shelters to hospitals.

Liberals still see themselves as the giving ones. The real world doesn’t enter into it. Liberals know that Republicans are selfish rich guys who would let everyone else croak.

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1 posted on 03/04/2014 3:05:13 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Liberals are always all about themselves -- "I'm good! I have good intentions! Look at me! I'm not a racist, a homophobe, or a misogynist! I'm a super good person!"

But they aren't, they know they aren't, and they flip out if you question their stupid policies because then you are exposing the fact that they aren't good at all -- they cause damage to to weak and vulnerable.

2 posted on 03/04/2014 3:12:34 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

Liberal guilt, especially the white variety.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 3:18:04 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: markomalley

I live in the Philadelphia area. I’m surrounded by liberals. This is not my experience of them at all. While I don’t think they donate as much to charity, by and large, they do try to help other people. The biggest difference I have found is that rich liberals cheat on their taxes. Really.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 3:18:20 AM PST by old and tired
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To: markomalley

Liberals are quite generous, with other people’s money.


5 posted on 03/04/2014 3:19:06 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: markomalley

Less selfish with other peoples money. Their own money? Very selfish.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 3:19:17 AM PST by DeaconRed (Meanwhile, back at the Ranch. . . . . ZERO still as stupid and incompetent as ever! ! !)
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To: markomalley

Liberals are more unrealistic than other people. They have certain ideas - for example, taxes are good, but charitable giving is bad because it involves somebody with disposable income - and results do not matter to them.

I was trapped on a bus at a conference in Mexico with a bunch of California and Canadian liberals last week. The Mexicans had just caught the head of the Sinaloa cartel, responsible for hundreds of often gruesome deaths, a climate of fear in little towns out in the mountains that led to the formation of vigilante groups, the paralysis of the economy of Northern Mexico, and the introduction of methamphetamines (from Mexico and the US) into Guatemala and Costa Rica, creating a huge addict population among the poor and making crime surge. Oh, and he also did people smuggling and human trafficking, mostly to keep a fresh supply of young, addicted prostitutes flowing into other parts of Mexico and the US.

Mexicans were jubilant. But the liberals sniffed and started talking about how everybody should have free marijuana and how it was just the evil US that was responsible for everything this man did, and how prostitution really was a career choice...the only thing that kept me from bursting a blood vessel out of anger was my amazement at the fantasy world they live in.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 3:22:33 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

informative...thanks! And easy to believe.


8 posted on 03/04/2014 3:30:26 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: livius

They always have their finger pointed at themselves. Look at me, agree with me.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 3:31:31 AM PST by billhilly
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To: old and tired
This is not my experience of them at all... by and large, they do try to help other people.

Bump

10 posted on 03/04/2014 3:37:41 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: markomalley

Yes! Always less selfish - when it comes to other peoples’ money. When circumstances turn to their own selves, then they embark on any and every hackneyed ploy to justify whey they are above the fray and should be treated differently.

Case in point, all the gun hater Hollywood actors who fight against guns yet either carry one, or have bodyguards who do.


11 posted on 03/04/2014 3:43:31 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: markomalley

They are extremely generous. With Other Peoples Money.


12 posted on 03/04/2014 3:47:17 AM PST by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: markomalley

Liberals are self-centered.


13 posted on 03/04/2014 3:50:53 AM PST by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: markomalley

My experience their big picture is their lack of responsibility..rich, poor, or whatever. Something is always someone else’s problem or someone else’s fault.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 3:52:20 AM PST by jughandle
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To: DeaconRed

Some of the biggest commie-libs I knew worked in TV production land. Almost all of them made double or more what I made and were in tight with the good paying freelance world. If you weren’t in that clique, forget trying to get in, it took a few years to figure it out in my case. Anyway, one of them railed about me paying more in taxes and the like. This guy made double at least than me. I said something along the lines of you first. I got some stammering.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 3:54:58 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: old and tired
I live in the Philadelphia area. I’m surrounded by liberals. This is not my experience of them at all. While I don’t think they donate as much to charity, by and large, they do try to help other people. The biggest difference I have found is that rich liberals cheat on their taxes. Really.

They try and fail. What do liberal good intentions get us in the end?   They have guilt and good intentions to help the less fortunate but......  They do genuine good sometimes but by and large it is a negative

16 posted on 03/04/2014 3:55:01 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Old Yeller; markomalley; ClearCase_guy; old and tired; caver; DeaconRed; livius; dennisw; ...

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them.” - Oscar Wilde


17 posted on 03/04/2014 3:57:39 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: markomalley

I’ve never seen anyone more selfish than liberals


18 posted on 03/04/2014 4:04:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: livius

“...my amazement at the fantasy world they live in.”

I wonder, what color is the sky in their world?


19 posted on 03/04/2014 4:16:14 AM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: markomalley

If you consider Liberals people, no. They are more generous with other people’s money, though.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 4:19:08 AM PST by sport
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To: markomalley

Liberals are the greedy ones. They get what they want by looting other people’s money.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 4:22:46 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: markomalley

The kind of liberal I am most familiar with is the entitlement mentality liberal. They’ll whine and complain about the rich “not paying their fair share”, and so forth, but their real motivation is that they want more money and goodies without having to work to earn them.

This hardly fits the carefully nurtured image of liberals as compassionate and selfless. There is nothing more selfish than wanting to exist on the fruit of someone else’s labor.


22 posted on 03/04/2014 4:31:25 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: markomalley

“Vote for others interests?” The liberals who got burned (that is to say, presented with a bill)by obozocare didn’t sound so full of love and largess for others.


23 posted on 03/04/2014 4:32:47 AM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: caver

“Liberals are quite generous, with other people’s money..”

Perfect definition, caver. Conservatives that I know donate time, money, goods etc.. They are involved in church or other organizations. The liberals I know (and I live in Maryland so I can definitely say I know a LOT of liberals) talk a big game. However, they don’t give to charities etc.. They may volunteer but only at something that promotes liberal agenda. They aren’t volunteering to help someone else during hard times. Liberals will “demand” higher taxes on the “wealthy” fully expecting that they won’t pay for it. Your definition was a direct hit.


24 posted on 03/04/2014 4:38:35 AM PST by momtothree
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To: markomalley
“Conservatives are ten times more personally charitable, even to secular causes. They do far more volunteer work. They even give more blood.”

I can't blame the libs on the blood donation thing. The Red Cross does ask certain, *ahem*, prying questions that the libs cannot always answer satisfactorily.

25 posted on 03/04/2014 4:49:05 AM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: markomalley
Its being Jesus vs being Pontius Pilate. .its self sacrifice vs sacrificing others..Liberal follow Pilates model of giver they think sacrificing other for what they thing is the better good is the same or better then self sacrifice
26 posted on 03/04/2014 4:53:09 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: markomalley
Its being Jesus vs being Pontius Pilate. .its self sacrifice vs sacrificing others..Liberal follow Pilates model of giver they think sacrificing other for what they think is the better good is the same or better then self sacrifice
27 posted on 03/04/2014 4:54:03 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: markomalley

Libs are the most self-serving, self-centered folks I’ve ever known. I don’t say this to insult either.


28 posted on 03/04/2014 4:57:21 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: markomalley

-— $140 given by redistributionists. -—

That’s pretty impressive.


29 posted on 03/04/2014 5:02:39 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: markomalley

The liberals preach tolerance, yet they are the most intolerant individuals I have ever met.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 5:11:09 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: markomalley
Much of this information, and more, is available in the 2006 book Who Really Cares? by Arthur Brooks. Well documented and well worth reading.
31 posted on 03/04/2014 5:42:17 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: markomalley

Liberalism has decayed to just the philosophical advocacy of the seven deadly sins. Wrapped in a tortilla of neuroses and anxiety, with the enchilada sauce of racism and the shredded cheddar cheese of totalitarianism.

It is a shiat burrito.


32 posted on 03/04/2014 5:47:05 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: markomalley
Liberals are more selfish than other people because they always want credit and affirmation and government compensation for selflessly giving away other people's money. Even if it takes anti-discrimination laws backed up by police guns to get it. :)

Even the most corrupt businessman just wants your money - the liberal wants your money, your time, your adoration...ultimately your life to be sacrificed on the altar of his vanity.

33 posted on 03/04/2014 5:50:26 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: markomalley

Go to any city that has hosted either a Democrat or Republican national convention and interview the staffs of the local restaurants and hotels. The Democrats win the cheap, stingy award every time.


34 posted on 03/04/2014 6:01:43 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: markomalley

It depends who’s money they are giving away.


35 posted on 03/04/2014 6:05:16 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: markomalley

Easy to be generous with someone elses money. Actually having to get your hands dirty is something completely beyond their scope...


36 posted on 03/04/2014 6:08:52 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: generally
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them.” - Oscar Wilde

You know that's crap, right? Our Lord himself told us to do unto others as we'd have them do unto us. Was Christ Himself telling us to be selfish? When you drive a sick person to chemo, you're doing it not only because that's what a Christian does, you're doing it because that's what you'd want someone to do for you. It's a clearly unselfish act.

As a Catholic in the Philadelphia area, I see and interact with lots of liberals. At the food pantry, at the soup kitchen and at the homeless shelter. The notion that libs don't pitch in is feel good conservative hooey.

37 posted on 03/04/2014 6:17:01 AM PST by old and tired
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To: markomalley

Simply

             

38 posted on 03/04/2014 6:22:54 AM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: caver
Liberals are quite generous, with other people’s money.

Had to respect Paul Newman because even though he was a HUGE Lib, he was just about the only one willing to put HUGE amounts of his own money where his mouth was.


39 posted on 03/04/2014 6:24:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: markomalley

They are MORE selfish since they use other people’s money to provide services they think are needed. Look at the Oscar swag bags. $80,000 worth of “stuff” that could have fed a lot of people. But they well known leftist libs will keep it for themselves.


40 posted on 03/04/2014 6:47:10 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Don’t forget - “I want to help people” (with your money).


41 posted on 03/04/2014 6:48:58 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Best way to put it:
“I,I,I,me,me,me” = better than you or your thoughts.
“You,your” = stupid and selfish, no understanding.

Idiots, the whole lot of them.


42 posted on 03/04/2014 7:24:28 AM PST by Bikkuri ( those would have been affected.)
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To: markomalley

Liberals are only less selfish if they can use other peoples money and resources for their pet projects. Only a handful actually put their money where their mouth is and the rest just scream and throw a temper tantrum until the politicians force everyone else to pay for their liberal ideas.


43 posted on 03/04/2014 7:27:49 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: livius

...the only thing that kept me from bursting a blood vessel out of anger was my amazement at the fantasy world they live in.
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That is what amazes me most, they live in a fantasy world but think they have the monopoly on truth. Anything that conflicts with what they want to believe is automatically ridiculed without regard to whether it is true or false while anything that supports their worldview is accepted unquestioningly and can never be refuted. They can spout absurdities such as “abortion is about fertilized eggs, not fetuses.” I actually heard that from someone who thinks he is super brilliant and those who oppose abortion are stupid. It is as ignorant a statement as I have heard in many years.

They can rant for half an hour about how “intolerant” conservatives are and then rejoice in the death of someone who opposes their views. It is amazing to see and amazing to hear. Prick a liberal’s bubble and you are likely to hear some of the most hate filled rhetoric imaginable.


44 posted on 03/04/2014 6:28:07 PM PST by RipSawyer
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