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Date Posted: 06:11:43 12/02/06 Sat
Author: Cricket
Subject: well...
In reply to: Deborah 's message, "Statistics-schmistics" on 02:13:45 12/02/06 Sat

I don't have satellite or cable. I haven't had it for over a year.

Just because someone believes in giving alms doesn't always follow that they will act on that belief. Which brings us back to my original point. And if taxes are high, it does tend to discourage private contributions.

However, it has been shown that conservatives do tend to donate more in their time and means than liberals. If you want to avail yourself of the tax break for private giving, you certainly put it down on your itemized return.

So, these statistics couldn't just make themselves up. Someone looks for a trend and goes to the source of the data and starts compiling it based on the questions asked and the evidence available. Rangel found that the data did not back his original premise; that the military was made up of mostly poor minorities and the draft would level the playing field.

After all, why should John Kerry donate privately, even though he could get a tax break on it when he doesn't have to? Surely not because he is wealthy? Or does he feel that he pays enough in taxes that private donations are
not necessary?

Nobless oblige indeed.

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