outubro 28, 2004

Other People's Money

Via Dissecting Leftism, um artigo sobre a campanha ao Senado de 1996 entre o senador John Kerry e o governador William Weld (meus destaques):
"Like many Democrats, Kerry excels at compassion rhetoric. His campaign literature abounds with references to all the good causes he supports: assistance for the elderly, jobs for at-risk teen-agers, treatment for sick veterans, aid to struggling fishermen, even baseball for handicapped kids. When he formally announced for reelection last month, he described the campaign as a clash between those who advocate «turning against each other and those who still believe we can triumph by turning to each other.»
One measure of a man's character is the way he spends his money. Since Kerry and Weld both make a practice of releasing their tax returns, it is possible for us to draw some conclusions about each man's personal financial priorities.

Last year, Weld (and his wife) reported adjusted gross income of $110,418. Of that total, the Welds gave $24,010 -- almost 22 percent -- to charity. They gave to the United Way and the Episcopal Church, to Rosie's Place and Globe Santa, to Harvard College and Mt. Auburn Hospital, to Catholic Charities and the Keene Valley Library, to the Salvation Army and the Special Olympics. All told, they contributed to nearly three dozen charitable institutions great and small.

Kerry's income in 1995 was somewhat higher than Weld's -- $126,179. But the amount he reported giving to charity was considerably lower. He didn't give anything. Zero dollars, zero cents.

Zero compassion?"

Socialistas adoram fazer promessas com o dinheiro dos outros...