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December 28, 2010

Opinion: Conservatives Give More to Charity Than Liberals Do

Advocates for limited government are more charitable than those who favor income redistribution through taxation and other government mechanisms, the head of a conservative think tank contends in a Wall Street Journal opinion article.

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, cites 1996 and 2002 survey data showing higher giving rates among people who oppose government efforts to redistribute income and those who believe the government spends too much on welfare.

“Contrary to the liberal stereotype of the hardhearted right-winger, opposition to income-leveling is not evidence that one does not care about others,” Mr. Brooks writes, calling such giving “America's quiet tea party.”