03 November 2008

Sharing vs Selfishness

Obama makes two Straw Man arguments in this clip.

The first is that his choice to share with others is "communistic." Sharing is not communistic. Demanding (and forcing by law) another person to share what belongs to them is. It is the latter thing that Obama proposes.

The second is this: he accuses the Right of being selfish because we think there should be lower taxes and less government. Not true. As John Stossel reported:

[T]he idea that liberals give more is a myth. Of the top 25 states where people give an above-average percentage of their income, all but one (Maryland) were red -- conservative -- states in the last presidential election."When you look at the data," says Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks, "it turns out the conservatives give about 30 percent more. And incidentally, conservative-headed families make slightly less money." Researching his book, "Who Really Cares", Brooks found that the conservative/liberal difference goes beyond money: "The people who give one thing tend to be the people who give everything in America. You find that people who believe it's the government's job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away."Conservatives are even 18 percent more likely to donate blood.

I have always said that the left is populated by a lot of apparently self centered people. Now there is statistical evidence.

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