7 November 2003
Where the cheapskates are
The Catalogue for Philanthopy has issued its annual Generosity Index tax years being the indeterminate things they are, the 2003 Index is based on complete 2001 tax figures and it's chock full of numbers.
The Index is determined by comparing the Having Rank of a state (how much money its taxpayers have) to the Giving Rank (what percentage they actually contribute to charity). A state that has little money but which manages to make bigger donations will therefore rank higher on the Index than a wealthier state with a greater proportion of skinflints. And indeed, Mississippians, seemingly always near the bottom of the per-capita charts, have the lowest income but the sixth-highest donation ratio, enough of a divergence to put them at the top of the Index. Oklahoma, 43rd in income and 10th in giving, ranks fourth.
Here's where it gets interesting. OpinionJournal's Taste section looks at the figures and notes the following:
[T]he top 20 states all went for George W. Bush in the 2000 election while 15 of the 20 least generous went for Al Gore.
How did this happen?
Maybe...the difference is that those in red states are more generous with their own money while those in blue states are more likely to be generous with other people's money.
File this under "Things that make you go Hmmmm...."
(Muchas gracias: Wylie in Norman.)
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