Obama channels UN’s Egeland in sneering at American charity

posted at 5:25 pm on August 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

As if Barack Obama didn’t do enough damage with his “above my pay grade” response on abortion at the Saddleback Church presidential forum on Saturday, Jay Ambrose finds another revealing nugget in a different answer Obama gave Rick Warren.  When asked about his own shortcomings, Obama gave an initially touching response in identifying a “fundamental selfishness” in his youth that led to destructive behaviors.  Unfortunately, Obama then expanded on his statement to accuse Americans of a lack of charity:

“Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime,” he said, “has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”

Sorry, but he can hang that one up. Whatever the case is with his own selfishness, the evidence of an internationally superior American generosity is impressive, beginning with the numbers on our charitable giving. We give twice as much as the British per capita, and according to The American magazine, seven times as much as the Germans and 14 times as much as the Italians.

Even in inflation-adjusted dollars, the amount given each year just keeps getting larger, and meanwhile, we do far more volunteer work than in other industrialized countries.

Obama’s allegation echoes that of then-UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland in December 2004.  In the immediate aftermath of the Asian tsunami disaster, Egeland commented that America was “stingy” (as well as other Western nations).  He called on the US to take more money in taxes so that the funds could get redirected to the UN relief funds:

“It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really,” the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. “Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become.”

“There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy,” he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe “believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It’s not true. They want to give more.”

This makes sense if people count only that charity taken by threat of force by the government.  Even then, the notion made no sense; the US sent a massive Navy presence to the islands devastated by the tsunamis to ensure the proper distribution of relief, at no small cost to our nation and military during a period when we were fighting two wars.  Even apart from that, Americans raised over $2 billion privately for tsunami relief, more than doubling the $900 million spent by the US government.

In fact, no country even came close to our efforts in tsunami relief.  Germany and Australia gave $1.3 billion, the UK almost $800 million, Canada $780 million, Japan $500 million, and France gave $300 million.

The American noted the difference between Americans and the rest of the world as givers:

No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data are available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians. Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans. These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, age, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all these ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.

In Spain, the government studied this question and found that the US more than doubled any Western nation in per-capita donations (in Euros):

COUNTRY…………….PER CAP. GIVING

Spain……………………..122
Belgium……………………120
U.K……………………….117
Netherlands………………..110
Ireland……………………100
France……………………..74
Finland…………………….70
Austria…………………….50
Germany…………………….39
Hungary…………………….32
Slovakia……………………25
Czech Republic………………25
Romania……………………..5

U.S……………………….278

So the notion that Americans somehow come up short on charitable giving is simply a myth.  Moreover, it’s a myth with a purpose.  The people who float this nonsense want to take more out in taxes so that the elites who run the government make the decisions on how the money gets spent, and not the people who originally earn the money.

Once again, we see Obama give a knee-jerk Blame America First response without knowing the facts.  Americans give mightily, as a normal condition and especially in times of crisis.  Does Obama think he can win the votes of Americans by slandering them?

Addendum: As Instapundit notes, perhaps Obama can stop lecturing Americans about how to care for their figurative brothers and set an example by taking care of his own real brother, living in destitution and squalor.

Update: And while we’re talking about charity, please visit Baldilocks’ site to help her support the school Obama forgot.


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Maybe somebody needs to remind BO about his half-brother living on a buck a month.

Maxx on August 20, 2008 at 5:28 PM

So. let me see… just how did this B minus student with a drug problem get into Harvard again?

TexasJew on August 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Apparently “Change We Can Believe In” is the same as “Believing We Should Give More Change”.

MB007 on August 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Yeah right. Most Americans think we are way too generous if anything. We do have poor people, old people, sick people of our own and I have not seen anyone from anywhere lining up to lend a hand. Ever.

Terrye on August 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

You see. That’s why he wants to raise taxes. So that the US government can “help” the poor people.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Yes, this is the first thing I thought of when he uttered those words. He’s an elitist snob smearing Americans once again and he wants more of my hard-earned money. Hands off BO. I give generously to whom I want…and that would not include your community (socialist) organizations that promote ideologies that are immoral and offensive to me and my family!

ConMom on August 20, 2008 at 5:31 PM

According to the Euro-weenies, charity only counts if it comes from government. Actually, many Americans seem to believe that too. I recall a report a few years ago on charitable giving by individuals, and libs gave a far smaller percentage of income than cons – the lib excuse was that ‘it is government’t role’ to do this.

Think_b4_speaking on August 20, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Egeland commented that America was “stingy” (as well as other Western nations). He called on the US to take more money in taxes so that the funds could get redirected to the UN relief funds — Ed Morrissey

Yeah… giving more money to the UN… that’s the ticket!! That’s at least as effective as flushing it down the toilet.

Maxx on August 20, 2008 at 5:33 PM

He’s a pretty arrogant ass using that quote from Matthew considering his views in abortion.

Jeff on August 20, 2008 at 5:35 PM

So. let me see… just how did this B minus student with a drug problem get into Harvard again?

TexasJew on August 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Here’s how.

Mr. Obama said he had “undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action” in his own academic career, and he praised the intellectual heft and wide-ranging views of his diverse staff.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Let’s see, didn’t we give the U.N. a train load of money for administering the Oil for Food deal in Iraq? I’m trying to think, how did that turn out?

Maxx on August 20, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Leftists don’t trust anything not run by the government. Charities are private, so they are fundamentally distrusted. Money to charities would be far better spent, according to the left, if it was given to the government.

Weebork on August 20, 2008 at 5:38 PM

His answer makes total sense.

Remember this nugget he’s trying to sneak under the radar?

Maybe this is how he intends to help his brother.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

I would definitely say that the aborted living baby he’d like to leave in the trash qualifies at one of the “least of my brothers”. This guy is such a legend of his own mind!!!

Linlou on August 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

I’m sick of that line. Sure, many people are greedy, but as a whole, clearly America is not.

Surely this country would rather elect someone who acknowledges their good behavior rather than constantly saying we’re not good enough.

Esthier on August 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Hmmm redistribution of wealth and America hating all in one little answer. Someones been taking time management classes.

Rbastid on August 20, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Holy Shiite. I got nothing beyond that.

Well, maybe you should add a link to Baldilocks’ efforts to fund the Kenyan school that Obama abandoned?

funky chicken on August 20, 2008 at 5:47 PM

If obama was just referring to the liberal crowd, then he’s probably right. I recall a study that showed conservatives in the US donated more money and did more work for charities than liberals…

rbb on August 20, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Maybe this is how he intends to help his brother.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Typical liberal. Help out his own less fortunate family members with my money.

funky chicken on August 20, 2008 at 5:50 PM

I knew this was a major gaffe when he said it, i wonder what took so long for this to make headlines..

Chakra Hammer on August 20, 2008 at 5:52 PM

That really gets to me. The US has been THE MOST charitable country in the world as well as allowing immigrants (legal and illegal)to enter the country. My parents came legally from a communist regime and were welcomed with open arms. I can’t think of another country where you can be free and make something of yourself.

jencab on August 20, 2008 at 5:54 PM

There’s also the school in his father’s village full of people I’m sure he’d consider “the least of his brothers,” seeing as they’re those horribly inauthentic Blacks, actual Africans.

Quisp on August 20, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Does this mean I have to go on Christian Children Services and donate/adopt via my good will and 58 cents a day?

upinak on August 20, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Dumbest quote of the day. I have never once hesitated to give money to charity or a worthy cause. I also do this thing called volunteering at places like soup kitchens and the like.

Can more liberal people say that, I wonder?

mjk on August 20, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Moreover, it’s a myth with a purpose.

Ed, the word you are looking for here is lie.

Once again, we see Obama give a knee-jerk Blame America First response without knowing the facts.

Ed, again, whether Barack knew the facts or not doesn’t matter. Even if he knew them he would make the statement in the same way, which would still make it a lie (being careful here to remain in the subjunctive lest any twits want to quibble over trivialities). I am thoroughly tired of coddling lying leftists.

urbancenturion on August 20, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Should I adopt Obama’s Brother? At least he may actually deserve it.

upinak on August 20, 2008 at 5:58 PM

The audacity and arrogance of this man is breathtaking.

…perhaps Obama can stop lecturing Americans about how to care for their figurative brothers and set an example by taking care of his own real brother, living in destitution and squalor.

No shit.

Kafir on August 20, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Don’t forget that huge AIDS relief gift for Africa. Bush’s idea, and he got basically zero credit for it in the MSM.

whitetop on August 20, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Go ahead and follow the UN’s advice and tax me more to give to people overseas. I’ll be clinging to my Bible and my guns. Come get it.

Les in NC on August 20, 2008 at 6:01 PM

That is only money given officially. I expect that most of us Americans give much more than that unofficially.

Linh_My on August 20, 2008 at 6:02 PM

If obama was just referring to the liberal crowd, then he’s probably right. I recall a study that showed conservatives in the US donated more money and did more work for charities than liberals…

rbb on August 20, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Indeed. Since Obama assumes everyone thinks like his own kind, then he certainly believes that people need to give more, being that liberals give very little.

Does Obama think he can win the votes of Americans by slandering them?

Yup. He knows liberals eat it up, so he hopes everyone else will also.

Grafted on August 20, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Funny thing about America, even the greediest among us will donate large amounts due to the tax benefits.
Obama would wipe those benefits away and bemoan how Americans are even stingier, necessitating the raising of more taxes to help the poor.

redshirt on August 20, 2008 at 6:05 PM

silly rabbits, tricks are for kids

custer on August 20, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Actually, our foreign aid efforts in the form of food may have negative effects by increasing supply/decreasing price of foodstuffs grown in those countries and making it unprofitable for local farmers to grow it, thus depressing self sufficiency even further. Natural market forces suffer because we interfere with the economy. I doubt Barry has considered that, or rather, would prefer not to think about it, when he’s chumming for higher taxes.

a capella on August 20, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Should I adopt Obama’s Brother? At least he may actually deserve it.

upinak on August 20, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Now that you mention it, that would make a nice, well publicized, GOP project, wouldn’t it? It wouldn’t cost much to triple his income.

a capella on August 20, 2008 at 6:11 PM

“Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime,” he said, “has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”

This fits right in with Obama’s notions of fairness, that is; equal outcome for everyone.

Take Obama’s position on the capital gains tax. Sure, his proposal to raise the tax is bad policy, but it’s fair. He doesn’t explain that anyone with a 401k, IRA, profit sharing, pension, real estate, or a little savings to invest in the securities markets has a personal interest in capital gains. I think those would include everyone in the middle class.

However, if Obama finds himself under siege by an unfair situation, he expects the middle class to shoot itself in the head so he can use its corpse as a rampart. Elitist indeed.

jaime on August 20, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Quisp on August 20, 2008 at 5:56 PM

ditching the school really is beyond belief.
But that is what b. hussein does, he makes promises and then he changes his mind, depending on who he’s talking to…then BOOM, he slams the door in their face.
He does NOT CARE.
.
I wondered at the time he said this why he limited it to “in my lifetime” he couldn’t dare touch the RACE hate from within himself.
.
Damn patriotic fellow, isn’t he?
Just this article ““Americans’ greatest moral failure in my lifetime” by Ed ( thx sir) and all of the comments, should be enough to make anyone wonder about his patriotism.
.
Blame America First.
B Hussein Obama
it ryhmes
( well , they do go together like ….? U fill it in)

shooter on August 20, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Does he mean in the same way you MUST volunteer for the privilege of seeing him live in Denver? Spare me the sanctimony.

SouthernGent on August 20, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Giving isn’t giving unless the government is doing it. That’s what liberalism is. Don’t we know that?

Helping isn’t helping unless the government is doing it either.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2008 at 6:16 PM

As one of my astute commenters noticed, it would take $12 from Obama to double his brother’s annual income.

Which he didn’t give old boy when they met in 2006.

tree hugging sister on August 20, 2008 at 6:19 PM

BO has no idea what charity is either in actions or donating money.

Those people people he so casually maligns and dismisses (whose votes he needs), those ‘typical white people’, people who ‘cling to their guns and religion’ have got it right – at least where I live. And their compassion is truly post-racial – unlike the Obamas whose largest contributions go to a racist church.

BHO is the candidate from hell, a first class bigot, elitist and narcissist.

He’s also irretrievably stupid.

Cody1991 on August 20, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Book showing that conservatives give more than liberals

And Conservatives still give WAY more even if you take out the donations us “fanatical right wing Christian pro-lifers, did I mention extreme?” tithe to our churches.

kirkill on August 20, 2008 at 6:21 PM

America could do even more for the poor and starving if we could get aid past the warlords and dictators who intercept it and parcel it out only to build political support.
We can best help impoverished nations by exporting freedom.

whitetop on August 20, 2008 at 6:21 PM

So. let me see… just how did this B minus student with a drug problem get into Harvard again?

TexasJew on August 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

In addition to admitting he’s been the beneficiary of affirmative action as Dr. Cwac noted, don’t forget that Obama was also a “legacy” admission at Harvard (where Obama Sr. had also received a degree).

AZCoyote on August 20, 2008 at 6:25 PM

I suppose that at some point Barak Hussein Obama will highlight his charitable side by showing how he has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of viable housing developments in the Chicago area . . . wait.

. . . over the last 20 years or so, sent money to his family in Kenya, to lift them from (relative) poverty, to help build schools in their neighborhoods (thereby benefiting the community), to . . . wait.

. . . helped to fund, say $1million, without him or his family receiving a penny of the funding, hospitals that provide charitable services to the poor in the Chicage area . . .

Arbalest on August 20, 2008 at 6:27 PM

From all of this, it seems Obama would have gotten his house in order and lined up his ducks before he launched his campaign.

It’s called planning, executive decision-making. As prepared as he is for this campaign, I can’t imagine how botched a Presidency would be.

I am sick of nuance.

eaglesdontflock on August 20, 2008 at 6:28 PM

So what is waiting in the wings for BHO to trip over. his drug use? his ties to domestic terrorists, his ties to left wing black movement, hmmmm the ads are endless. BHO greatest strength lies in McCain not having the time nor the money to run all these ads. BHO must be hoping that the calander changes and speeds up somehow

unseen on August 20, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Barry speaks for leftists and “liberal” Americans, who significantly prefer to give to others using someone else’s money, not their own. In that regard it is understandable he might find people stingy, since these are the only people he seems to know, understand or share anything with.

Look at his school, his half brother. Practice what you preach, liar.

Making up for his own lack of charity with mass quantities of tax money is not a valid fix, Barry. Matthew meant “YOU”, not what you can take from someone else and redistribute.

And a live fetus ejected during a failed abortion qualifies to me as about the least of us…what do you think you are doing when you kill one, if Matthew is right? Is that above your pay grade?

Some Christian, our boy Barry. No wonder your numbers are sinking, fakir.

Harry Schell on August 20, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Why does the MSM herald Barack as a great speaker? Every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it.

TooTall on August 20, 2008 at 6:31 PM

In Obama-world, if it’s not taken by coercion, under the auspices of government, it’s worthless.

If you can’t control the flow of cash through pickpocket cronies and supporters, it doesn’t exist.

If he makes it to the White House, he’ll help his brother with government funds. Otherwise, fuggedaboutit.

Nichevo on August 20, 2008 at 6:31 PM

And we need to increase taxes….why?…. and welfare needs to be increased……why? Leave the American people to their own devices, and they will donate more than they pay in taxes. Not to mention that letting private enterprises supply all the needs would be more efficient than the government. Surprise, surprise. Of course, that would cure the welfare and illegal criminal problem wouldn’t it?

MNDavenotPC on August 20, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Obama lectures us on being “greedy” yet he can not even be bothered to send his own brother some money.

Hell, if Obama even sent him the equivalent of the price of one pair of his Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and tossed in that tax rebate check that Michelle was going to spend on some earrings his brother would have quadruple the money he lives on. I bet the Obama’s spend more on Arugula in one year then his brother uses to live on for that year.

Karma works, Barak, and your Karma is catching up to you.

Nahanni on August 20, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Well, I distinctly recall, all the aid we received from foreigners, after Katrina, and the Loma Prieta earthquake, and every other catastrophe we’ve ever had.

Don’t you?

How does this stupid little twit think he could ever be the president of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth?

franksalterego on August 20, 2008 at 6:34 PM

If a generous person voluntarily donates $100 to a well-run non-profit charity, about $85 to $90 goes to the people who need the money, and the donor gets $15 to $30 back from the government as a tax write-off. Give a net $70 to $85, the poor get $85 to $90.

If the government takes $100 in tax money to fund a UN charity, government bureaucrats get $20 or more collecting and distributing it, various scammers at the UN take out some more, poor girls are used as sex slaves, and nobody knows how much help the poor get. How much did starving Iraqis get from the Oil-for-Food fund, and how much went into Saddam’s weapons and palaces?

Which of the above is the most effective and efficient way to help the least of our brothers?

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM

In addition to admitting he’s been the beneficiary of affirmative action as Dr. Cwac noted, don’t forget that Obama was also a “legacy” admission at Harvard (where Obama Sr. had also received a degree).

AZCoyote on August 20, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Mo, aka Michelle, was something of a legacy admission to Princeton because of her brother, Craig Robinson. She was originally discouraged from applying to Princeton because of her grades.

Cody1991 on August 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Barry O is right–I’ve been too stingy. I should give more money to the RNC.

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 6:58 PM

He called on the US to take more money in taxes so that the funds could get redirected to the UN relief funds:

Somebody has to pay for those 5 star hotels the UN requires to hold up in. What an idiot. However, I vaguely remember that McCain also made some mumblings about Americans moral failures. Both of them need to shut up. We work hard, try to raise our families, and are generous as hell. I think the average American does more than both Obama and McCain.

Blake on August 20, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Update: And while we’re talking about charity, please visit Baldilocks’ site to help her support the school Obama forgot.

Read more about it here http://obamaschool.org/

RushBaby on August 20, 2008 at 7:12 PM

I knew this was a major gaffe when he said it, i wonder what took so long for this to make headlines…

Because the libs don’t say it to prod the government into giving as much as the say it to make Americans ashamed and doubt themselves. And it is working – we hear such vague negatives and instead of shouting “show me those facts”, we hang our heads. We have to start pushing back on the constant demotivation we are subjected to by the MSM and by the Democrats. We need to say “Enough!”

drunyan8315 on August 20, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Take Obama’s position on the capital gains tax. Sure, his proposal to raise the tax is bad policy, but it’s fair.

Funny, the left doesn’t consider fairness when the subject of abolishing our our unfair progressive (and punitive) income tax system (and replacing it with a fixed-rate income or sales tax) is broached.

electric-rascal on August 20, 2008 at 8:02 PM

I think the average American does more than both Obama and McCain.
Blake on August 20, 2008 at 7:05 PM

I’ll agree with you that the average American does way more, charitably speaking, than the Obama household. Heck, I’m surprised they haven’t formed a 501c3 “Arugula Fund” for their constituents to donate to. ;-)

But the McCains have done something that I personally, with all the good will in the world, probably couldn’t or wouldn’t step up to do: They took a baby girl in danger of dying, brought her home, got her medical treatment, and adopted her. That is a profound act of charity in its original sense. (from Latin “caritas”, love for your fellow human being).

(All of you out there who have adopted kids in need, I salute you. I do try to be a good person, but you’re better people than I am.)

Mary in LA on August 20, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Better link to Baldi’s efforts on behalf of Obama’s abandoned school:

http://www.obamaschool.org/

funky chicken on August 20, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Once upon a time, charity worked like you have outlined: Individuals or families that had a legitimate need received from other individuals (or charitable groups) that could help meet that need.

Two major benefits: (1) Both the giver and the receiver were “blessed” by more than just the assistance itself and (2) due to something called “shame”, it was less likely that the recipient would try to “game” the giver to give when it really wasn’t needed.

I once heard that the above was suggested to a politician as a replacement for government assistance; their gasping reply was “That would be undignified!”

Today, government is elevated is the dispenser of compassion, with attendant fraud, waste and misplaced loyalties.

electric-rascal on August 20, 2008 at 8:13 PM

So. let me see… just how did this B minus student with a drug problem get into Harvard again?

TexasJew on August 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Well he didn’t have a legacy to help him out…

crr6 on August 20, 2008 at 8:14 PM

a capella on August 20, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I’m in.

How about we set up the “Concerned Republicans for Barack Obama’s Brother” Fund?

for a hundred bucks a month, we could make him a Nairobi tycoon.

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

In case you cannot follow the link, this is how Barack will help his brother.

Global Poverty Act of 2007 (Introduced in Senate)

S 2433 IS

110th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2433

To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 7, 2007

Mr. OBAMA (for himself, Mr. HAGEL, and Ms. CANTWELL) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

Guess we can point to this as an example of what The Messiah has done in his time in the Senate.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 8:23 PM

I’m in.

How about we set up the “Concerned Republicans for Barack Obama’s Brother” Fund?

for a hundred bucks a month, we could make him a Nairobi tycoon.

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Great idea, but I think we should offer to set him up in some kind of business instead. Increasing his income 100x with no work on his part would probably destroy his life — just look at what tends to happen to student athletes newly drafted into the pros, or to lottery winners. Most lottery winners are broke within a year, or so I’m told.

Mary in LA on August 20, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Today, government is elevated is the dispenser…

Correction: Today, government is elevated as the dispenser…

electric-rascal on August 20, 2008 at 8:50 PM

How about if we hire him to make McCain ’08 buttons? Even if we only paid him a penny a pop, he’d make a tidy profit.

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:52 PM

I’ve wanted to get a manufacturer for my “McCain sucks less” bumper stickers as well.

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Or…

“My brother ran for president of the United States and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:58 PM

How about if we hire him to make McCain ‘08 buttons? Even if we only paid him a penny a pop, he’d make a tidy profit.

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:52 PM
Or…

“My brother ran for president of the United States and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”

sulla on August 20, 2008 at 8:58 PM

I nominate Sulla for winner of the thread!!!

Mary in LA on August 20, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Charities such as Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, as well as various Christian denominations, are far more efficient than any governmental agency at getting donated dollars to meet the need.

jgapinoy on August 20, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Note too the record of Obama’s own charitable donations compared to the average American.

The average American household donates 2.2% of their income to charity, while the Obama’s gave less than 1% between 1997 and 2002 (0.2% in 1998). In 2002, when their income was in the top 2% in the US, they donated a mere 0.4% to charity. They gave $1,050 to charity, compared with the average American household’s gift of $1,872.

He just can’t help attack America, can he?

Jay Mac on August 20, 2008 at 9:51 PM

In 2002, when their income was in the top 2% in the US, they donated a mere 0.4% to charity.

As long as he’s going to quote from Matthew, he should look to apply the section in chapter 7 that says:

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

INC on August 20, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Jay Mac on August 20, 2008 at 9:51 PM

I remember Mark Levin covering that a while back. The One is pretty stingy with his $$$. It’s another case of “Do As I Say(Command), Not As I Do”.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Rush Baby and funky chicken muchas gracias, Chicas (prepping for the forced Spanish usage).

More fun stuff tomorrow.

baldilocks on August 20, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Read Roger Kimball’s latest at Pajamas Media on Punitive Liberalism. It tells you all you need to know about the Left. Brilliant!

ahem on August 20, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Why don’t born alive abortion babies qualify for “the least of my brothers”?

Bite me, Barry. You’re an a**hole.

drjohn on August 20, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Dude’s trying to dig his way to the moon.

Looking like he might make it.

But it is typical modern leftism – total inversion of reality.

Merovign on August 20, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Barack Obama’s ‘lost’ brother found in Kenya

I’m not exactly on board as regards the inherent evil of hypocrisy, but I’ve seen many examples of the practical evil of sloppy hypocrisy. This story is radioactive! Unless extremely extenuating circumstances come to light, it seems likely to command one of two responses from most voters who hear it, either “Obama is too evil to be President” or “Obama is too stupid to be President.”

Of course the McCain campaign will never touch this story. “Who will go for me, and whom shall I send?”

Kralizec on August 21, 2008 at 12:03 AM

The average American household donates 2.2% of their income to charity, while the Obama’s gave less than 1% between 1997 and 2002 (0.2% in 1998). In 2002, when their income was in the top 2% in the US, they donated a mere 0.4% to charity. They gave $1,050 to charity, compared with the average American household’s gift of $1,872.

He just can’t help attack America, can he?

Jay Mac on August 20, 2008 at 9:51 PM

We make a fraction what they make and we donate way, way more than they do. My chin is on my chest. disgusting

funky chicken on August 21, 2008 at 12:20 AM

If I may speak for Jesus … ok, probably a bad idea … he didn’t suggest the govt send people a monthly check to help them. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”. Jesus’ solutions were private. Spiritually is generally private. So “do for the least of my brothers” is not advocating socialism or govt sponsored programs, but to help others on a personal level. At least that’s how it sounds to me.

“whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me” is way too profound for me to grasp but I’d guess it has to do with how we should treat those around us, not about funding more social programs. Shouldn’t the govt ALLOW people to see God in each other instead of MAKING them see God in each other? I don’t want a law that says we must give so much to others because we are all brothers, because the next law would be it’s illegal to slander the Prophet Obama (PBUH).

Paul-Cincy on August 21, 2008 at 1:38 AM

“whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me” is way too profound for me to grasp

above your pay grade?

crr6 on August 21, 2008 at 3:41 AM

Liberals truely believe that the average Joe isn’t smart enough to spend his money wisely, including who to give charity to.

That’s why we need to send all our money to Washington so the wise and caring uber-humans can spend our money and perfect the world.

MarkTheGreat on August 21, 2008 at 7:04 AM

we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”

At least BHO doesn’t do for the least of his brothers…

Er, uh…. good ol’ half-brother George, living in his 6′ x 9′ hut on $1 per month. couldn’t Barry have done for this brother at least what sally Struthers would have done, with 79 cents a month?

seanrobins on August 21, 2008 at 7:35 AM

we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”
At least BHO doesn’t do for the least of his brothers…

Um, sorry Sally……

Er, uh…. good ol’ half-brother George, living in his 6′ x 9′ hut on $1 per month. couldn’t Barry have done for this brother at least what sally Struthers would have done, with 79 cents a month day?

seanrobins on August 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM

Obama’s charitable contributions from 2000 through 2004 totaled about $11,000 on about $1,200,000 of income (less than 1%). When he decided to run for public office (and anticipating the scrutiny he may receive), he suddenly increased his charity to about 5% of his income for the 2 years prior to the election.

The hypocrisy is stunning. I, and most Amercans, give significantly more on less income.

lionheart on August 21, 2008 at 8:39 AM

I’m almost embarrassed to comment on Obama not helping his half-brother, and not helping fund the “Barack Obama” school in his native village in Kenya so it might have running water or other basic school supplies. It’s such a ridiculous contrast with his words, I feel like I’m piling on. But there you have it. His big beef is people don’t help their brothers, he’s not helping his brother. Duh. Father, brother, sister, mother … grandmother. Wasn’t his autobio “Dreams from my Father” about his father as his role model? His father certainly didn’t treat his family very well. Maybe Obama just picked a bad role model. Is it too late for his maternal grandfather to become his role model? He shoulda thrown Dad under the bus long ago. Ironic that he didn’t.

Paul-Cincy on August 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM

How does the Obamas lead by example? The exact amount and as the % of their income?

Notice the receivers of their ‘charitable contributions’?

Sir Napsalot on August 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM

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