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America the Generous

In a “federation feature” at the Wall Street Journal on Christmas Eve, Paul Wilson of the Media Research Center writes “the United States is the most generous country in the world,” according to (a) report from the Charities Aid Foundation America, the World Giving Index 2011.” According to Wilson:

“The World Giving Index 2011 measures generosity on three levels: giving money as a percentage of income, giving time, and helping strangers. Only the United States ranked in the top 10 nations of the world in each category. Charities Aid Foundation director Richard Harrison praised American charitable giving: "This research confirms that when we look at giving in a rounded way, including the extent to which we volunteer and help strangers, America is the most generous country in the world. America is the only country that ranks in the top ten globally on each of these three perspectives, and this first place ranking should be seen as source of real pride for people across America."

Unfortunately, you may not read very often about American generosity in the mainstream media. Rather, Wilson writes, “America is usually attacked by the media as not being generous enough, and American donations of time, money, and effort to countries are ignored or even scorned by liberal journalists.” He concludes by writing:

“Apparently, the "forced charity" of government social programs, fueled by higher taxes, is the only worthwhile form of charity, according to liberals. This is one explanation for the consistent media gripe that Americans are not generous, despite the mountain of evidence that suggests otherwise.”

Here’s hoping that everyone enjoyed their Christmas, and the New Year brings health, peace and national prosperity.

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