...someone challenged some claims I made about the (average) moral superiority of Democrats. Here is my reply:
Well, Mr. X, let’s go point by point, saving the best for last, because I have some statistics for you there.
“Democrats donate less than charity than conseravtives…’
That depends on whose statistics you use. Also, keep in mind that Republicans are, on the average, a bit richer than Democrats. Yes, there are poor Reps and billionaire Dems. Average. And here is some interesting information to suggest that this is accurate:
Among Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike, almost exactly half of the group averaged $100-$999 in annual charitable donations at the time of this 2005 poll. There was virtually no difference among the parties in the size of that moderate-giving group, so those results were not included in the graph to the left.
If, however, you zero in on giving that is heavier or lighter than the middle range (the bars pictured here), you find that the parties differ a lot. Democrats and Independents both had many zero-to-very-light givers (less than $100 for the year), and modest numbers of heavier givers. Republicans, in comparison, had comparatively few skinflints, and numerous serious donors—31 percent sharing at least $1,000 with charity, versus 17 percent among Democrats, and 20 percent among Independents.
(Source: Philanthropy Round Table)
And of those billionaires - do you know any Republican billionaires who have signed up for the Billionaires’ Pledge?
One more point: it would be interesting to see what charities each give to. I suspect that, if you pull SuperPACs out of the equation, things change a bit.
“Obama has the largest 8-year deficit…” Yes.
Most of that is due to paying for a war that George Bush paid for on the credit card. And yet he still reduced the year-over-year deficit regularly. Bush inherited a balanced budget, and handed over a disaster to Obama. The only time the economy actually gets better is when Democrats are in office.
“Democrats believe they should have authority to force more fortunate to help less fortunate. Kinda like people with guns passing around the donation plate….they aint asking”
Ummmm…right. In fact, this is completely true. If people won’t do their duty, they can be forced. If they want to control where the money goes, they can reduce their taxes by giving to charity. — but, like Eisenhower (the last Good Republican), I believe in taxing the wealthiest at 90%.
“Not aware of any confirmed crimes commited in the white house since Nixon other than Clinton lying under oath.”
H’mmm. First of all, let’s include crimes done by other people on behalf of the President. (Remember Ollie North? There was a fine Republican for you…)
In 5.6 years in office, the Nixon administration had 76 indictments, 55 convictions, and 15 prison sentences. Let’s go with convictions: 55/5.6 = 9.8 convictions/year. Let’s call that the Gold Standard.
Ford: 1 conviction in 2.4 years, for a very respectable average of 0.4 convictions/year
Carter: 4 years, 0 convictions. 0 convictions/year. Perfect score!
Reagan: 8 years, 16 convictions, a decent enough average of 0.5 convictions/year
Bush-1: 4 years, 1 conviction. 0.25 convictions/year.
Clinton: 8 years, 2 convictions. 0,25 convictions/year, tied with Bush.
Bush-2: 8 years, 16 convictions; an average of 2 convictions/year.
Obama: 8 years, not even an indictment. 0 convictions/year.
Trump: In his first two years in office, 24 convictions, for an average of 12 convictions/year, more than twice as high as the Nixon administration.
So, from best to worst:
Obama, Carter (tie), 0.
Bush-1, Clinton (tie), 0.25
Note that three of the top five are Democrats. It would probably be five of the top five, but only 3 Democrats have been elected in the past 50 years.
The Republican party is deeply and fatally morally diseased.