The Old Viking has often contended that when one looks deep into the hearts of a conservative they are basically a selfish, perhaps even a mean, group. The OV believes that they have shown that they are willing to deny necessary support to 90 needy families in order to insure that ten undeserving families don’t also get unwarranted benefits.
Today’s release of a Gallup Poll finding reinforces that point. Take a look at these numbers
Favor: Extending tax cuts Extending unemployment
Conservative Republicans 87% 38%
Moderate/Liberal Republicans 78% 62%
Conservative/Moderate Democrats 64% 85%
Liberal Democrats 39% 89%
The willingness of the conservative to selfishly add to the national debt for their own financial benefit is, of course, quite predictable. But to deny benefits to the victims of the financial misdeeds that are a result of the rapacious avarice of the financial barons in this country is unconscionable and goes to the very heart of their meanness.
Sure, they tell you that they contribute to private charities to alleviate some of the distress of those in need but those private charities cherry-pick the individuals or groups that they will help and they will require that recipients adhere to the basic idea that the government is behind all the pain and suffering in this country. Even their charitable giving is miserly. The most recent analysis (pre-2007) that I could find showed that, on a percentage of income basis, the poorest among us give the most. Those with incomes below $20,000 gave 4.6% to charity. From there it declines to 2.4% from those in the $75,000-$100,000 income range. It jumps slightly for the over $100,000 income group which gives 3.1%. It is worth noting that one-third of charitable giving goes to religious organizations. Source: to-Charity” target=”_blank”>Portfolio.com.
Not to overanalyze the perception that conservatives are selfish and mean but my guess is that they wonder why everyone can’t be just like them and those who vary from their model citizen—the unemployed and underemployed, the substance abusers, the sexually profligate, etc.—have forfeited their claim to public support. They even expand that outcast group to the mentally ill and the developmentally challenged when they call for their execution for crimes that were a result of an underlying condition that may not always be manageable.