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The Spirit of Generosity

rmccarthy Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 11:17 PM
When gov't policies create more poor and needy, the result might still be more charity to fill the need.
“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were all my business.”

Americans, it seems, truly take Jacob Marley’s ghostly warning to Ebenezer Scrooge to heart -- not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year.

Indeed, overall we are the most generous people on earth. The U.S. economy is responsible for a little more one-fifth of the world's total GDP, yet Americans give more in charity to the less fortunate than the rest of the world put together.

We donated more than $300 billion in 2009, despite the economic downturn. This...