Thursday, March 27, 2008

Obama's giving

An article posted today in Christian Newswire calls into question Obama's committement to the poor:
Senator Obama's 1% giving to charity calls into question his commitment to the poor and needy and exposes his lack of conviction to the most vulnerable in our society.

Recent tax returns made public by Senator Obama, from 2000 though 2004, show that he gave less than 1% of his income to charitable causes.
I disagree. I think Obama is very committed to the poor. Like many Democrats however, he just wants to help them with other people's tax dollars.

I think the government should help those who--through no fault of their own--cannot help themselves. I sometimes think Republicans are too uncompassionate toward such people. But on the other hand, I think Democrats in the past have been so undiscerning about government handouts that they have actually enabled lazy people and have promoted the very poverty they sought to eliminate.

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