I think the libertarian pool (small though it may be) is divided better between Randians and non-Randians, insofar as Randians see charity as being evil, and non-Randians do not. But libertarians are as hard to categorize as they are to organize, unfortunately. It's like herding cats.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
And, Yes, that would be your perception of things.
I heard and read that a number of times, that TARP was 'forced' on big banks. Yet, no one has ever been able to explain exactly how (under which law) they were 'forced' to take money and/or what would have happened if they refused the money. Pressured is different than forced."Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500), Bank of New York/Mellon (BK, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), JP Morgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) and Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) - all 'mega-banks' that the government forced to take bailout money - say they want to return taxpayer funds "as soon as practical.""
Bankers: Take your TARP money back - Mar. 27, 2009
Nevertheless, these were no-interest loans. I wish Citibank would give me a no-interest Visa.
My point about 'handouts' -- wealthy corporations get more government freebies and handouts then individuals.
You want to start talking about farm subsidies...
I also belong to the NRA.
You might find this interesting.
From these data, I have constructed two measures of religious participation. First, the group I refer to as “religious” are the respondents that report attending religious services every week or more often. This is 33 percent of the sample. Second, the group I call “secular” report attending religious services less than a few times per year or explicitly say they have no religion. These people are 26 percent of the sample (implying that those who practice their religion occasionally make up 41 percent of the sample). The sccbs asked respondents whether and how much they gave and volunteered to “religious causes” or “non-religious charities” over the previous 12 months. Across the whole population, 81 percent gave, while 57 percent volunteered.
The differences in charity between secular and religious people are dramatic. Religious people are 25 percentage points more likely than secularists to donate money (91 percent to 66 percent) and 23 points more likely to volunteer time (67 percent to 44 percent). And, consistent with the findings of other writers, these data show that practicing a religion is more important than the actual religion itself in predicting charitable behavior. For example, among those who attend worship services regularly, 92 percent of Protestants give charitably, compared with 91 percent of Catholics, 91 percent of Jews, and 89 percent from other religions.
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