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June 13, 2006

Red vs Blue

Utah, politically, is the reddest (the most likely to vote Republican) state in the nation. (In fact, it's the only state in which Bill Clinton managed to come in third behind Republican George H.W. Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential election.)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah residents volunteer more often and give more of their time than people in any other state, according to a national report released Monday.

The study was conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency whose programs include Senior Corps and AmeriCorps, and tracked volunteer efforts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Some 48 percent of Utah residents 16 and older served as volunteers between 2003 and 2005. Nebraska was second with 42.8 percent, followed by Minnesota with 40.7 percent, Iowa with 39.2 percent and Alaska with 38.9 percent.

The report said that more than 65.4 million Americans performed service of some kind in 2005 alone, compared to 59.8 million in 2002.

"Overall we're doing terrific," CNCS Chief Executive David Eisner said in a telephone interview. "We seem to be having a renaissance of civic engagement."

Eisner credits the increase to a call for American service by President Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and to a sense of duty stirred along the Gulf Coast by hurricane destruction in recent years.

Utah is Ranked #1 in Volunteering

Now consider that fact while reading the following:

Socialism Makes People Worse

Socialism teaches its citizens to expect everything, even if they contribute nothing.

Socialism teaches its citizens that they have a plethora of rights and few corresponding obligations -- except to be taxed.

And that is why the citizens of less socialist -- and more religious -- America give more charity per capita and per income than do citizens of socialist countries. That is why Americans volunteer time for the needy so much more than citizens of socialist countries do. That is why citizens of conservative states in America give more charity than citizens of liberal states do. The more Left one identifies oneself on the political spectrum, the more that person is likely to believe that the state, not fellow citizens, should take care of the poor and the needy.

Under socialism, one is not only liberated from having to take care of oneself; one is also liberated from having to take care of others. The state will take care of me and of everybody else.

The same holds true for foreign affairs. Why did the conservative government of Spain support the American war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq and send troops there, while the Spanish socialists withdrew Spanish troops as soon as they were voted into office? Because the idea of risking one's life to bring freedom to others -- or to risk one's life for another nation for just about any reason -- is alien to the socialist mindset.

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Posted by Jeff at June 13, 2006 07:19 AM


I really like the idea here; Christian=generous, socialist=not. Well, I come from a socialist country, or rather a MORE socialist country, the UK. If you look at recent polls, the US is behind the UK on almost every statistic of per capita and per income donations worldwide, and yet they are a far less religious population.

Also, why is it that Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar gave far more money per income to the relief of the terrible tsunami victims out East? Is it because they are religious (more religious than the US) or because they are less socialist than America, or could it be because the USA isn't, in fact, that generous a nation, when you include per capita and per income donations.

Finally, the USA might donate a huge amount of money for emergency aid (again, not when per capita and per income factors are considered, but overall), and yet when you look at long-term aid for developing countries, the US seriously sucks.

It's the USA's superhero complex; take WWII, for example. They waited and waited until they had no choice but enter, "saving the world from fascism," but what credit did they give the Russians, who lost over twenty million people in the war effort afterwards? None. And was their country devastated by bombing? No. All they had on home turf was a single military action by the Japanese on a military harbor, and yet the response was the killing of millions of Japanese citizens.

Seriously, American "generosity" leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps put another way, America has been "generous" enough to bomb a country every year since the second world war ended. Thanks guys!

Posted by: Nick at January 18, 2008 11:28 AM

Most BS I've ever heard.

Sorry that you've got it all wrong, but if you actually did some research, you would find that the socialist countries that you look down on are actually the countries in the world that give the MOST to charitable organization in relation to their population.
If you look at nations like Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, they give an actual full percent (1%) of their GDP to charity.
In comparison the United States give a measly 0.15%, actually being at the absolute bottom of the western countries...
So do some research, your little bubble is bursting

Posted by: Jon at August 12, 2008 09:31 AM

Yes, Dennis Prager, the socialist put into office withdrew support for the illegal war in Iraq. Those socialists were only supported by over 80% of the population. Thanks for the spin, though. Maybe the Spanish socialists were so stingy they didn't want to send freedom bombs to an non-aggressive nation.

Posted by: Levi at October 7, 2008 11:11 AM

Well, the ignorant Europeans strike again. Check out: http://www.american.com/archive/2008/march-april-magazine-contents/a-nation-of-givers.

Virtually all data I've seen seems to indicate that the USA does indeed donate significantly more than any other country around the world. Point: not the USA government, but the private citizens.

Jon & Nick, your incorrect. Site your source.

Posted by: paddy at August 1, 2009 01:04 PM

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