June 25, 2007, - 1:09 pm

Magnanimity Nation: Take That, Brad Pitt, Bono & Angelina Jolie!

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re like me, you’re tired of hearing the constant whine of millionaire celebs Mr. Angelina Jolie (Brad Pitt), Bono, and Angelina Jolie, herself, telling America and Americans that we’re not generous enough.
An example is Brad Pitt’s summer 2005 interview with Diane Sawyer, where he bemoaned that foreign aid and aid to the poor is only less than 1% of the federal budget. Bono–who is exempt from paying taxes as an “artist” in his native Ireland and who spent $1,700 on a first-class plane ticket for his favorite hat (no lie!)–also frequently claims Americans don’t give enough to the poor.

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But guess what? They have no clue what they are talking about. Figures out today show that Americans are not only the most generous people on earth and America the most generous nation, but we are also constantly topping our record magnanimity. The Giving USA foundaiton at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy documents the following:

* Americans gave nearly $295 Billion to charity, last year (2006).
* Americans set a record for donating to charity for at least the second year in a row, with $283.05 Billion given in 2005.
* Americans gave more than twice as much as the next most charitable nation (Britain, which gave 0.73% of its GDP to charity).
* Americans gave 1.7% of our Gross Domestic Product to charity.
* While some of the money donated came from foundations and charities, individual American donors gave a combined 75.6% of the total.
* Even households considered middle-class and lower contributed a lot to charity, with 65% of American households with incomes under $100,000 giving to charity.

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The next time you hear Brad Pitt, her husband Angelina Jolie, or pop star Bono excoriating us stingy Americans, lump it in with the rest of the ignorant falsehoods emanating out of La-La Land. While frothy entertainment industry humanitarian dillettantes lie, the numbers don’t:
We are not only the greatest country on earth, we are also the most generous.

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5 Responses

Very nice work, Debbie! Would someone (maybe you?) please try to find out what these uneducated malcontents have given to charity? I sure wish there was a way to slap them in the head every time they spout unsubstantiated crap. They’d all have concussions from perpetual slapping, but no brain damage (that’s already apparent).
SKANKELINA CLAIMS TO GIVE 1/3 OF HER INCOME TO CHARITY, WHICH I DOUBT, BECAUSE AFTER TAXES, HER AGENT’S FEES, ETC., THAT WOULDN’T LEAVE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT HER VERY LUXE LIFESTYLE. STILL, 1/3 OF GAZILLIONS, STILL LEAVES HER WITH GAZILLIONS, SO IT’S HARDLY A COMPARISON WITH THE AVERAGE WORKING STIFF, WHERE EVEN GIVING A HUNDRED DOLLARS IS A LOT OF MONEY. BONO DOESN’T GIVE MUCH AT ALL, BUT LOVES SPENDING AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY ON HIS PET PROJECTS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

FreeAmerican on June 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm

It all depends on what charities count according to the celebs. I’m sure my donations to Bibles for Asia, Voice of the Martyrs, and the Catholic church don’t count because they are too closely tied to that icky taint of “religion” for the celebs to consider it charity instead of a subversive way for me to force my oppressor Western Civilization way of life on innocent savages.

dm60462 on June 25, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Like certain politicians having to make their tax returns public we should make these liberal do-gooder celebrities do the same before they’re allowed to preach to us about giving to charity.

PHEDUPP on June 25, 2007 at 5:06 pm

I bought my mom a widow’s mite coin in a necklace from the shop across from the British Museum in London. It’s the coin from parable about the two brass coins in the Bible. Maybe instead of hanging human blood around her neck AJ should have such a necklace as a reminder about sacrafices she isn’t capable or willing to make before she and her vacuous husband pop-off.

code7 on June 25, 2007 at 5:40 pm

When Europeans and celebrities cite international comparisons for donations, they always stick to % of the federal budget and not % of the GDP. Our private donations – money that we willingly give – put their governments’ “donations” (money forcibly extracted from their citizens and redistributed to others) to shame.

LibertarianBulbasaur on June 25, 2007 at 11:01 pm

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