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Or more to the point, the study tended to count Deductions on taxes and claimed charities and not count volunteer work, time, food banks, habitat for humanity, nature conservancy time and other work which is how the majority of donations are achieved.

Put another way, after much life experience most folks tend to not use "amount of money" as a gauge of success or effort [except the Jerry Lewis Telethon and political campaigns, apparently].




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As long as the authors were honest in reporting methodology, I don't understand the problem. If you don't like their methodology, write your own book and explain why conservatives are a buncha assholes.

But even conservatives aren't the pinnacle of ass-holiness, that would be the distinction acquired and proudly borne by libertarians -- who think that if you can't handle the kitchen, your goose is cooked! (and deservedly so)

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I've just been up 12 hours. Not nearly time. Of course I did do three hours of volunteer work today [which I don't deduct] so I might be a bit more tired than normal. But it was just moving donated building supplies 70 miles via car trailer.
I do the same thing only the donators don't know they're donating. Wears my akolaides?

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I do the same thing only the donators don't know they're donating. Wears my akolaides?
Wasn't Akolaides in "The 300"?

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As long as the authors were honest in reporting methodology, I don't understand the problem. If you don't like their methodology, write your own book and explain why conservatives are a buncha assholes.

But even conservatives aren't the pinnacle of ass-holiness, that would be the distinction acquired and proudly borne by libertarians -- who think that if you can't handle the kitchen, your goose is cooked! (and deservedly so)

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I don't think conservatives are assholes. I reserve that for political NeoConservatives. Totally different subspecies.

I disagree with the premise [not the methodology] of the book in that it attempts to make a political message out of a non political issue. It's entire purpose is to be divisive, with no logical motive other than that.

On the issue of methodology, however the good professor was somewhat deceptive but one could go to the original study after digging for hours after finishing the book and still having questions.

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