Do the poor give more than the rich?

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  • Kwall Logan, UT
    March 31, 2015 2:19 p.m.

    @ DN Subscriber

    If the extremely rich determine their charitable giving based on how much they pay in taxes, then that shows that they really don't understand charity at all.

    Not to mention that the rich's tax rate has dropped for nearly 50 years, yet that didn't spur more charitable giving. Also, since the recession the rich have captured nearly all of the gains in the economy and that still hasn't helped their charitable giving. They have more money now than they ever have had including their tax rates. So forgive me if I'm skeptical that if they paid no taxes they would all of a sudden become extremely charitable.

  • cocosweet Sandy, UT
    March 31, 2015 2:13 p.m.

    @ DN Subscriber

    Huh? I believe the rich got quite the tax break during President Bush's (2) days.. So if they received a tax break, have increased their wealthy dramatically during the recession (where middle class and poor's income has been stagnant) shouldn't they at least give at the same rate as before instead of dropping?

    I've never believed in the old adage that "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" but unfortunately it is true these past few years.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2015 1:52 p.m.

    "Since the recession, the rich have benefitted most from financial gains, but interestingly, at the same time, it's the poor who upped their giving during that period while higher-income people gave less, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy."
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    It's worth noting that similar studies over the last few decades have consistently shown a pattern of greater levels of charitable giving by those who regard themselves as religiously faithful versus those who claim little or no religious affiliation or interest. The tendency is even greater for those who described themselves as both religious and politically conservative.

    My observations of my own family, friends and acquaintances over the years has confirmed that correlation.

    I think the famously liberal and exuberantly expressive Joy Behar explained the basis for the difference best when she said she doesn't give much to charities because she expects the government to take care of people via the taxes she pays.

    Conversely, those who are more religious and conservative tend to take a more personal and direct approach and find government to be a very ineffective, wasteful, and more and more often, corrupt means of helping people.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 31, 2015 1:52 p.m.

    As government takes an increasing bite out of the income of the "evil, greedy, rich people" to throw at all the handout programs, the rich justifiably decide to give less, and to give it to causes which they believe will help the most.

    However, the trillions of dollars in wealth transfer from the rich to the poor since the start of the Great Society in 1964 has been a dismal failure.

    Voluntary giving is the best, be it from the rich or the poor, and thank you to everyone who gives, at whatever level.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    March 31, 2015 1:27 p.m.

    Gee where have we heard of this phenomenon? Oh that's right - "The Widow's Mite."

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    March 31, 2015 12:44 p.m.

    47% statement stands vey true today...

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    March 31, 2015 12:33 p.m.

    I've read articles that talk about how the rich live in a very different social stratosphere and do not really understand nor most are even aware what poor and middle class people experience anymore. Most have lost touched with the rest of the people, they can't empathize nor even contemplate what our concerns, issues, or worries are about. It is almost like we are extraterrestrial aliens not just foreign aliens to them. I imagine it might be like asking a poor and middle class person to help out a roach or some other insect.