Freedom vs. Free Stuff: Why are some areas more charitable than others?

Those who listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama most likely believe think that Republicans hate the poor, that people who oppose raising taxes on the rich are greedy and don’t want to help those in need, and those opposed to Obamacare don’t care about sick people - right?

While those are all great surface-level talking points for a Democrat trying to win an election, they’re wildly inaccurate.

The latest in a long line of evidence disproving this comes from a recent study showing that red states give more to charity than blue states:

“It seems those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities.

While a recent Democrat ad had a conservative government pushing granny over a cliff in her wheelchair, it turns out Red states, those with a Republican/Independent conservative base, are more generous to charities.

Conversely, the surveys shows those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities according to a new study published Monday.

Eight states that supported Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama gave highest share of their income to charities. Conversely, the seven least generous states went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The study was done by Chronicle of Philanthropy from its latest survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.

Residents in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia, all backers of McCain in 2008, gave the most to the needy. Utah topped the charitable list at 10.6 percent of income.

The states that gave the least to charitable causes are Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire – all Obama supporters in 2008.”

This morning on radio, Glenn analyzed this survey from a different angle than most people will.

“The eight states that gave their highest share of their income: Utah, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia, Idaho, what do they all have in common?” Glenn asked this morning.

They’re all religious states.

Glenn reminded listeners that we have a choice: freedom or free stuff. As Americans look at the problems that lie ahead and the choices the tough choice that will have to be made, the places in the country with the most charitable giving are the areas that will maintain freedom.

“You better live around like-minded people,” Glenn told listeners, “because those in New England will be the first to despair. They won't see the charity in their own circle…The states won't be able to take care of it people will have to learn it all over again.  They'll have to learn I am my brother's keeper not the government.  As these states become more and more desperate they will claw for more and more free stuff which will cause them to be less and less free.”

“I think you should look at this poll in a way of where to live,” he added.

Glenn, who has lived all over the country, most recently Connecticut and New York City, knows first-hand that the south and the mountain west are the places where he is surrounded by like-minded people that take care of each other.

“They will fight the hardest for freedom,” Pat added.

“If you look [at the study], the regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not,” Glenn emphasized. “Two of the top states Utah and Idaho have a high percentage of Mormons, who have a tradition of tithing.  And the rest of the top 10 is the Bible belt. That tells you something.”

Not only does this study give insight to where like-minded people are, Glenn noted that it also tells us why Americans should be standing firm for the Biblical principals in America’s founding and not fold to the increasing attacks on Christianity around the country.

A second study Glenn used to back this up is a list put together to help college professors understand the people they’re about to be teaching. The latest is for students entering college this fall – the majority of which were born around 1994.

“Kurt Cobain, and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. And they have always lived in cyberspace.  This one is amazing.  I don't know why this is true.  The Biblical sources of terms such as "forbidden fruit," ''the writing on the wall," ''good Samaritan," and "the promised land" are unknown to most of them,” Stu read from the list.

The terms from the Bible are what Glenn was touching on by bringing up this list.

“Most of them are no longer being taught the Bible,” he said. “We are not teaching the Bible.”

Glenn noted the ramifications of a generation not understanding the meaning of these terms.

“Forbidden fruit – so in other words something that looks delicious might be delicious to the taste.  Might smell good, might seem to be good.  It might seem to be good for you, but it's forbidden because it unlocks door you do not want to unlock,” Glenn said. “The forbidden fruit if you can't understand that story of forbidden fruit.  How do you teach?  There are some things in capitalism you don't go down that road.  It might seem like a good deal.  The business school doesn't teach this.  Do they make money in the end or not.  Sometimes it's the forbidden fruit.”

An entire generation was changed by one politicians definition of what sex is just a few years ago with Bill Clinton, it’s concerning to think about the effects these factors will have on this generation on young adults. Looking at the states are Glenn mentioned from the study on charity and the concentration of religious individuals living in them,  the growing attack from the media and the far left on conservative Christians is not likely to take the country in a positive direction.

“Think of a society, of what a generation becomes, without these phrases and knowing what they mean.”

 

 

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

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  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.