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  • So you think Democrats, by definition, are the kind, compassionate ones?

    5 posts, 5 voices, 889 views, started Apr 16, 2010

    Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 by Tamra

    • Sapphire

      Could that concept be a myth, a stereotype created to influence our vote?  Do you let that “reputation” affect your voting choices?  If so, you might want to consider the following—

      Article in the Washington Times
      April 15, 2010
      Bidens Below Average in Charitable Giving

      By Kara Rowland and Joseph Curl

      President Obama earned big money last year and gave more than most to charity, but his second in command was a bit tight-fisted when it came to digging in his own pocket for donations.  

      Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, earned $333,000 in 2009, and gave $4,820  - 1.44 percent - of that to charity in cash or in-kind donations, according to their newly released tax forms.  

      Estimates by charitable organizations show that most givers donate between 3 and 5 percent of their income.  

      Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exceeded that range. The first couple gave 5.9 percent - or $329,000 - of their $5.5 million of income to charity in 2009.  

      The Obamas’ largest contributions to charity were $50,000 to CARE, a poverty-based organization, and the United Negro College Fund. Mr. Obama also donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize money, which he gave to 10 charities.  

      The president’s books, “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” generated the majority of the Obamas’ income.  

      The first couple paid nearly $1.8 million in federal income tax and $163,303 in Illinois income taxes.  

      The Bidens paid $71,147 in federal income taxes, $12,420 in Delaware income taxes and $1,477 in Virginia income taxes.

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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 16, 2010
        • I don’t think you have to be politically connected in any way to be compassionate or kind.
          I do think however that the Bidens should have donated more but we don’t really know what their circumstances are so I can’t really condemn. Do they help support his son’s family while he is serving? Is there other family members they support? College tuition?
          To me....$333000 is a big income for MY lifestyle. How many homes do they have to support? And maybe they are junk food junkies and just overspend on it!!!

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          Mztracy wrote May 17, 2010
        • I think it depends on the person and their character. Not so much the party the choose or are in.

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          Veggie wrote May 17, 2010
        • ohhhh

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