Selfish Americans… Obama thinks so, and maybe he is, but are the rest of us?
Every month I donate cash to US Campaign For Burma through a subscription that dings the checking account. I also support the local Goodwill and the American Cancer Federation chapters through monthly donations of goods. I regularly send money to the Delaware Humane Association, Tristate Bird Rescue and several different Friends of Police (FOP) organizations. In the recent past I have also sent money to Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, and other organizations that the Wife no doubt could name but I can’t because she controls the purse-strings.
I’m also a firm believer in supporting internet journalism, which is why I’ve contributed to several deserving writers and artists like Chris Muir, Michael Totten and Bill Roggio. I don’t exactly consider these guys charity-cases, it’s just that I find value in what they do and understand that “attaboys” don’t buy airline tickets to Baghdad.
According to the DC Examiner ...
We give twice as much as the British per capita, and according to The American magazine, seven times as much as the Germans and 14 times as much as the Italians.
Even in inflation-adjusted dollars, the amount given each year just keeps getting larger, and meanwhile, we do far more volunteer work than in other industrialized countries.
Volunteerism and benevolence are key components of the American spirit. Lose them and we’ve lost an important part of our heritage.