A July 12 letter shows how little the writer really knows about tea party members and conservatives in general.
He attributes quotes to them, such as "I've got mine," which are purely figments of his own imagination.
He should read a book by Syracuse University Professor Arthur Brooks, "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism."
To his surprise, Brooks found that conservatives gave 30 percent more to charity than liberals, and this fact was true at every income level -- wealthy, middle class and poor. In addition, conservatives were more generous in other ways. For instance, they were more likely to give of their time and more likely to donate blood. In fact, the 1996 General Social Survey asked Americans to what level they agreed with the statement that "the government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality." People who "strongly disagreed" with that statement gave 12 times more money to charity per year than those who "strongly agreed" with the statement.
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Conservatives realize that money they give to charity through the avenues of their choice helps people much more efficiently than money that goes through the bureaucracy of the federal government.
We should be decreasing the size of the federal government, not increasing it. Fraud and waste seem to find their way into anything the government touches.
Hilton Head Island