. . . I give more in actual dollars to charity than he does.
In fact, I still give more if you remove my synagogue dues (a significant percentage of which is tax deductible). Oh, and I can’t count my grad school tuition as charity. In fact, my charitable contributions for 2007 (without those dues) exceeded his charitable contributions for the past ten years when my annual income has consistently been considerably less than his.
And they say Republicans are greedy and don’t care for the less fortunate.
I would daresay most Republicans are as (if not more) generous than I.
When Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden released his tax returns from 1998 to 2007 last Friday, Byron York reviewed them to find that ten-year period, the Delaware Senator received a total of $2,450,042 in income, yet gave only $3,690 to charity.
Biden spokesman David Wade “says the figures on Biden’s tax return do not reflect the true extent of his giving:”
The charitable contributions claimed by the Bidens on their tax returns are not the sum of their annual contributions to charity. . . .Â Like most regular churchgoers, they contribute to their church, and they also contribute to their favorite causes with their time as well as their checkbooks, whether it’s [Jill] Biden’s volunteer work with military families or the Biden breast-health initiative, or the way in which the family pitched in driving supplies to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, or the ways Sen. Biden has supported charities that help women, police, and veterans.
To be sure, tax returns don’t measure the time that people volunteer. And by all accounts, Mrs. Biden has been generous with her time in a number of charitable endeavors.
But, it is striking that while Democrats demand a greater role for the government in solving social problems, by spending more of the people’s money, a good number seem reluctant to give of their own funds to help organizations which help address these issues and help people in need.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt writes:
My audience gives and gives and gives again. This is typically on top of what they give to their congregations.
Generosity is to me the sign of a happy, well-lived life and a well-formed soul. Tax returns don’t always or completely measure generosity, but I find this article very revealing of Senator Biden.
UP-UPDATE: Apparently the Bidens are very generous with their time.