(By Ray D.)
New studies prove what generous, lucid, magnanimous, socially-conscious Europeans have known all along: Americans are evil, greedy, miserly capitalists bent on crushing the poor underclass. Free markets and a mistrust of government have made them into selfish gluttons and slobs. Only enlightened social-democracy can truly bring out the generosity and the kindness of the human spirit and ensure social justice...
...Whoops...just don't look at these findings reported on ABC News and 20/20 (this will be stictly verboten in all German media - SPIEGEL and Stern do not approve of these "amerikanische Verhaeltnisse"!):
"The fact that most of America's charitable gifts come from volunteers, not government, demonstrates that Americans are different from people in every other country.
"No other country comes close," said Arthur Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse University. Brooks studies charitable giving and has a new book, "Who Really Cares: America's Charity Divide."
"The fact is that Americans give more than the citizens of any other country. … They also volunteer more," Brooks said. "Americans per capita individually give about three and a half times more money per year, than the French per capita. … Seven times more than the Germans and 14 times more than the Italians."
"Now, you might notice that these other countries have different average incomes or different tax systems," he said. "But even when you take that into account, Americans give 10 times more than the Italians. The fact is, that Americans give on a different scale than anybody else in the world."
(...) Carol Adelman at the Hudson Institute has studied how much Americans give privately in foreign aid. She says it's a myth that Americans are stingy.
"We're one of the most generous people in the world, and that's because of our private philanthropy," she said.
Adelman published her findings in the institute's "Index of Global Philanthropy," which found that while the U.S. government gave about $20 billion in foreign aid in 2004, privately, Americans gave $24.2 billion.
On top of that, immigrants in America send about $47 billion abroad to family members and home towns. That's anything but stingy.
"Americans give abroad like they do domestically, through their private institutions," Adelman said."
But the news only gets worse! The most evil class of Americans - religious conservatives who believe in small government - are by far the most generous. How could this be? John Stossel and Kristina Kendall report:
"It turns out that this idea that liberals give more…is a myth. Of the top 25 states where people give an above average percent of their income, 24 were red states in the last presidential election.
Arthur Brooks, the author of "Who Really Cares," says that "when you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 percent more." He adds, "And incidentally, conservative-headed families make slightly less money."
And he says the differences in giving goes beyond money, pointing out that conservatives are 18 percent more likely to donate blood. He says this difference is not about politics, but about the different way conservatives and liberals view government.
"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," Brooks says. In fact, people who disagree with the statement, "The government has a basic responsibility to take care of the people who can't take care of themselves," are 27 percent more likely to give to charity." (emphasis ours)
That can't be possible. Americans more generous than Germans? These facts are highly disturbing. They must be wrong. The American friends just don't get it. Social-democracy is the true path to happiness and charity. Just look at the mighty success of the
run-away run-down German economy. We finally have growth again after years of stagnation and just managed to bring unemployment out of the double-digits and under the 4 million mark. Trade with Iran and Sudan is at records levels! Just imagine how the German economy will flourish when the national sales tax is increased from 16% to 19% this January!