On Tuesday, when I was identified Children’s Hospital/Los Angeles as one my charitable donations to my tax guy, he, recalling my past returns, commented that I always support that international leader in pediatrics. I always support them, I replied, because of the institution’s sterling reputation.
He then related how when his nephew was suffering from a complicated respiratory problem, he was airlifted there and received extraordinary care. He’s doing fine today. It made me feel good to hear an example of the good work that one of “my” charities does.
Because I would be getting back a little more from the feds than I had anticipated, when I returned home to find a solicitation from the hospital in my pile of mail to be sorted, I instantly cut them a check. I’m sure I’m not alone. I’m sure countless other Americans, when getting money back, are equally generous. If not more so.
Unless of course they’re the Vice President of the United States. On Tuesday, I gave more to Children’s Hospital than the total amount Joe Biden gave to charitable organizations in 1998 or 1999 on an adjusted gross income considerably less than his (via Volokh via Glenn).
You’d think somebody so generous with other people’s money would be more generous with his own.
While Biden has given more in recent year than he has in years past, he gave less than $2,000 last year on an income greater than $250,000. According to the New York Times, “the White House said the Bidens have made additional donations to charity not listed on the returns.” And the White House hosted a Fiscal Responsibility Summit only days after the president signed a near-trillion dollar “stimulus,” further boosting the deficit he derided on the campaign trail.
There are many causes worthy of our support, particularly in these tough times. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Children’s Hospital/Los Angeles. And when you do so, maybe write the Vice President and ask him to support this great facility as well, without dipping into our tax dollars to do so.
ADDENDUM: This is not the first time I blogged on this. The last time I did so, several of our readers commented that they too gave more in charity than does the Vice President.