Why "blue states" are cheap
Re: "Blue and Cheap", editorial, Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 11, 2004
It's not surprising that blue states give less money to charity than the income-adjusted American average. The fatal flaw in the "altruistic" liberal position is that it believes government should take care of most problems. "Conservatives" believe in self-reliance but also in charity for those who truly can't take care of themselves. Thus, the blue states give less because they believe in Big Brother, and the red states give more because they believe in citizen involvement.
Unfortunately, Big Brother tax rates squeeze our financial capacity to give to charities. In the 1980s, charitable giving went up dramatically as Reagan cut income tax rates, much to the suprise of the blue state residents who believe everyone is selfish (are they projecting?) and who can't imagine anything good being done without government being involved.
As for Colorado being on the "cheap" list, that's not a big surprise either: Given the results of the state and federal Senate elections here, I'd argue we're not nearly as "red" as we used to be.
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