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Letter: Liberal policies enslave the poor

Tom Zirpoli's pronouncements in his Aug. 7 opinion column, "Positive return of Christian values," calls to mind the phrase skin of truth stuffed with a lie.
His opinion denigrates those of us who are conservative and fundamentalist in our religious beliefs. His words reveal a dislike and misunderstanding of conservative Christian values. He more than seemingly has an axe to grind here.
Regarding religious and political fundamentalists in America, he states "I'm not sure that some of them know what the word compassion means any more." He praises the liberal generosity of government, Obamacare, food stamps and Head Start. However, donating taxpayers' money is not the same as voluntarily giving your own money charitably.
Thomas Sowall, in a Newsmax.com article entitled "Conservatives donate more than liberals," says that helping those less fortunate is "fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life." although, as Sowell states, "dependency does pay off in votes." Sowell cites a 2006 empirical study which showed that conservatives donated a higher percentage of their incomes to humanitarian causes. Also, conservatives gave more of their time and actual blood than liberals.
Zirpoli talked about social justice and "reaching out to the poor," as though only liberals have these concerns. owever, the actual facts tell a different story. Sowell's article continues, "It might seem plausible that Americans whose political rhetoric emphasizes 'fairness' and 'social justice' would be more charitably imclined than those who stress economic liberty and individual autonomy. But reams of evidence contradict that presumption, as Syracuse University professor Arthur Books demonstrated in his landmark 2006 book 'Who Really Cares.'"
Research and national studies confirm that the left tends to be much less charitable than the right. The 1996 Geberal Social Survey revealed that "where conservative values dominate, charity tends to be high. Where liberalism holds sway, charity falls. The politics of 'compassion' is not the same as compassionate behavior."
Zirpoli states, "Christian fundamentalists in America seem to go out of their way to hurt to the poor." Yet the highest rates for crime, unemployment, teen and unwed pregnancy, abortion and high school dropouts are in the liberal controlled cities of America. It looks to me like liberal policies enslave the poor more than anything.
Bradford Yates
Westminster

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