Presidential hopefuls are releasing tax records and, as should have been expected, those who villify capitalism haven’t been charitable toward the poor.
In 2017, Senator and Democratic Presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders donated roughly three percent of his exorbitant $566,000 household income. Sanders’ competitor Beto O’Rourke and his wife gave a miserable $1,166 of their $370,412 income in 2017 to charity. That’s less than one-third of one percent.
When asked at a town hall in Virginia about his paltry charitable giving, O’Rourke said he was going to give up everything to politically help the people he wants to represent.
“I’ve served in office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, of my state, and now, of my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we have donated to that we have not. But I will tell you, I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending time with you — not with out kiddos, not back home in El Paso — because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything we’ve got.”
For socialists, this is an adequate response. Christ commands us to love our neighbor. The left’s perverse interpretation of this is to put a gun to the taxpayers’ head and extort money to give to one’s neighbor via corrupt politcians and bureaucrats who skim from the money anyway.
While socialists “fan the embers” of societal issues to create class warfare and bring about state control of the means of production, some of us are tangibly loving our neighbor. Conservatives give 30 percent more to charity than do those on the left, despite leftists making six percent more money on average. Christians are two-and-a-half times more likely to adopt orphans than non-believers. Arthur Brooks covers these topics in more detail in his books The Conservative Heart and Who Really Cares.
Christians still need to do more. There are a lot of orphans out there in need of parents and a lot of homeless people in need of food and shelter. Our calling is to be there for those people, and that calling is made even more important by the fact that many on the left aren’t going to participate in those efforts.