The Virtue of Selfishness.

November 8, 2008

Conservatives give more to charity than do liberals. This makes sense when one considers that conservatives believe individuals and private groups (i.e., the “little platoons” of society) – not government – are responsible for the well-being of our fellow citizens. Liberals, on the other hand, rely first and foremost on government, and accordingly, liberals believe that they should pay higher taxes to fund what they see as beneficent government.

In this sense, then, liberals put their money where there mouth is.

Or do they? As Stephen Moore points out, those who call for higher taxes almost never voluntarily pay extra taxes. In other words, rich liberals – despite their call for more government revenue – do not “donate” more money to the government than the law compels them to. For example, Moore writes that while President-Elect Barack Obama has paid all required taxes recently, “in no year did Mr. Obama make extra tax payments to help reduce the deficit or fund all the spending programs he favors. If Mr. Obama’s tax plan had been in place over the past 12 years, he would have had to pay $250,727 more in federal taxes over this period.

How selfish.

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