June 26, 2008, - 2:43 pm

Brad & Skankelina Show Us Who’s Wasting

By Debbie Schlussel
Next time you hear celeb couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Voight tell you–as they did in hour-long specials on ABC and NBC–about how America doesn’t give enough to charity (our nation gives more than any other on earth) and how Americans don’t give enough (we give more private charitable donations than any other population, even across all economic strata), remember this from the June 23, 2008 issue of US magazine. Also remember it every time you hear Brad Pitt’s stupid admonitions about being “green.”
Hmmm . . . $350,000 on furniture, including two $25,000 chairs. How many starving Africans could eat for a decade on that amount? A $4,000 private helicopter ride–not just costly, but the gas emissions pollute the environment.
Rich Celeb Hypocrites of the World, Unite:

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Hi Debbie,
I thing Brad should read the following by Star Parker.
Regards, Ike
[IKE: I WROTE ABOUT THIS LAST YEAR:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/06/magnanimity_nat.html
DS]
Monday, June 02, 2008
America’s generosity is unmatched
By Star Parker
Americans are hearing so much these days about how bad we are that we’re starting to believe it.
In a recent Gallup poll, 68 percent said they are “dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today,” and 55 percent said they think that the rest of the world views us unfavorably.
However, as I page through a publication called the Index of Global Philanthropy, which is produced annually by the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute in Washington, it becomes obvious that these American feelings of self-deprecation are misguided.
This is the just released third annual edition of this index. It produces a unique snapshot portraying the full extent of American generosity to developing countries, by amount and by source.
Usually when the question of aid to the developing world arises, we think of government funds. But this index shows that, whereas it may be the rule in the rest of the industrialized world that most aid is government aid, in our country this isn’t the case. Most of the contributions that Americans make abroad are private and voluntary. And they are large.
In 2006, the latest year for which data is available, the index reports that Americans contributed privately and voluntarily $34.8 billion to individuals and organizations in developing countries.
Philanthropy is distinct from government aid in that it originates with private citizens and is voluntary, but also the recipients are private individuals and organizations, as opposed to governments. Private to private versus government to government.
The $34.8 billion in philanthropy from private Americans exceeded the $23.5 billion in official U.S. government aid abroad by $11.3 billion, or 48 percent.
This private philanthropy is flowing from foundations, corporations, private and voluntary organizations, universities and colleges, and religious organizations.
Of particular interest in this year’s index is the $8.8 billion reported from religious organizations. According to Carol Adelman, who directs this work, the data was produced by commissioning “the first national survey of congregational giving to the developing world” ever done.
The average contribution of congregations was $10,700.
To put this in some kind of perspective, the $8.8 billion in giving from American religious institutions to developing countries was $1.5 billion more than the total giving from all private sources in 30 of the world’s major industrialized democratic countries combined.
When consolidating all assistance funds flowing from the United States to developing countries, the total is $129.8 billion. This is the total of government aid, philanthropy, and remittances — funds sent directly by private individuals to other private parties in developing countries, often family members. A far second in total giving behind the United States is the United Kingdom at $20.7 billion.
There are a couple of important messages here.
First, of course, is the incredible compassion and generosity of Americans. American largesse does not need to be pried or forced by the government. It flows organically from free, civic minded and often religiously motivated citizens. And it comes from citizens of every income strata. The religious giving data shows that whereas the average congregation gives $10,700, the median number is $2,500, indicating that there are many smaller, less wealthy congregations engaged.
The other headline is the central importance of the private sector in both generating prosperity, but also in sharing it.
Bookshelves now strain with studies showing the failures of government-to-government aid.
It is individuals who create wealth. Compassion and personal responsibility reside in the breasts of those same individuals. Neither can be said of government bureaucracies.
Barack Obama spoke at the commencement ceremony at Wesleyan University the other day. He talked about national service and, recalling John F. Kennedy, committed to doubling the size of the Peace Corps if elected president.
From what I see and what the data shows, Americans don’t need government to make them care, contribute, and volunteer. If anything, they need less government so they’ll retain and keep control of more of what they produce and subsequently share with those in need.
Other countries may have their own motivations for what causes them to view Americans the way they do. But the data is clear. Americans are unmatched in creating prosperity and sharing it.
It’s time to pay closer attention to what Americans do rather than what others say.

dances with trout on June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Americans give an awful lot to charity. I make huge payments to charity every April 15.

c f on June 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Come on, Debbie. You’re just mad they donated a million dollars to help Iraqi children yesterday, aren’t you?
[G: COMPARED TO HOW MUCH THEY ARE WORTH, IT'S A DROP IN THE BUCKET. IF ONLY THEY LOVED AMERICAN CHILDREN AS MUCH AS THEY LOVE MUSLIMS, THIRD-WORLDERS, AND THEMSELVES. IF ONLY THEY LOVED AMERICA, WITHOUT WHICH THEY'D BE AND HAVE NOTHING. DS]

Gina on June 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm

What a couple of looney tunes.

Sue Denemme on June 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm

Debbie, that’s unfair and you know it. The money they donated yesterday is being divided among four charities, including the Armed Services YMCA, right here in America. And they’ve donated millions to help New Orleans, which, the last time I checked, is in America. They’ve donated close to 40 million dollars in total to numerous charities. How much have you donated? It’s easy to talk the talk.
[G: WHEN I'M WORTH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS LIKE THEY ARE (AND I THINK YOUR 40 MILLION FIGURE IS VASTLY EXAGGERATED), THEN I'LL DONATE FAR MORE. REGARDLESS, I'M NOT THE ONE WHO WHINED ABOUT AMERICA NOT BEING GENEROUS ENOUGH. HE IS. AND, FRANKLY, WITH JOLIE'S CONSTANT ATTACKS ON AMERICA AND PRAISE OF PALESTINIAN CHANTS FOR TERRORISM AND KILLING AGAINST JEWS, SHE CAN DONATE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, AND IT STILL WON'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT SHE'S A SCUMBAG-ETTE. DS]

Gina on June 26, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Man, I’m so-o-o-o-o tired of seeing those 2 lugging kids around like it’s some huge accomplishment. Big deal.
Those brats look like they are old enough to walk, why are they always and I mean ALWAYS!!! carrying them everywhere when a camera is around?
What’s supposedly so interesting about these 2 yahoos?
And what kind of limp wrist would actually write, “tasty ‘za”??
And, last, why does so many think she’s supposedly the hottest chick in the world? Yeah, she’s nice looking, but c’mon, she’s not that super duper great.

Jeff_W on June 26, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I like this country, and think we are generous, despite what other countries say.

mindy1 on June 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm

p.s. two good charities;
http://www.homesforourtroops.org
http://www.mercyships.org.

mindy1 on June 26, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Isn’t one of the complaints of this bunch that the world is too overpopulated? Aside from the kids they have adapted, all I read about all the time is how Skankelina is pregnant. Shouldn’t she stop behaving like a Muslimah in terms of the vagina thing, and go back to addressing world poverty, which in their world view would also include having less kids?
OTOH, should they and their clan convert to Islam anytime, they’d have contributed another group of breeders to the ummah.

Infidel Pride on June 26, 2008 at 9:57 pm

“(AND I THINK YOUR 40 MILLION FIGURE IS VASTLY EXAGGERATED)”
Feel free to prove me wrong and if I am, I’ll apologize. In 2006 alone, they donated eight million. But even if they donated a billion dollars to help only American kids, I’m sure you’d still have a problem with that.
Speaking of charity, you should ask your friend Tammy Bruce what she plans to do with the money from her sale of a Nazi SS medal with blood on it out of her large collection of Nazi memorabilia. That’s worthy of Scumbag-ette status.

Gina on June 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Whenever a celeb says we don’t give enough, I flip them the bird and they make my bird crap list. Makes me sick. I’m like..well hell, why don’t you make up for the difference then loser! I barely make it with my family and I do what I can. There are 4 charities max I have money to give to and I don’t need some pompous ass actress and actor to tell us what we don’t give. It makes me sick these people think they have clout enough to shake their finger at us. Time to knock them off their pulpit!

diaphanous on June 27, 2008 at 4:59 am

gina, you are delusional.

diaphanous on June 27, 2008 at 5:00 am

where are they getting this money ,she hasnt been in a blockbuster movie ever, most of her movie dont make any money and brad hasnt been in a good movie that made money since thelma and louise,give them a couple of years and they will be the brando and jane fonda of celebrities and one other thing there adoption of kids has turn into a fad and people who want to adopt and waiting longer because people who can have kids and doing the hollywood fad to adopt and put us couple who cant have children on the back burner because money get results in adoption industry ,so i have 2 word for you brad and jolie f@#$ you and the horse you rode in on

PNAMARBLE on June 27, 2008 at 7:34 am

This couple are vomit inducing crudburgers. And I’d like to point out that giving money to charity does not a good person make. Not at all. It’s a superficial ego boosting gesture and a pathetic attempt to assuage their guilt over being so worhless and wealthy.

johndoe on June 27, 2008 at 7:56 am

The only thing that would be good about skuzlims taking over America would be the Hollywierd jet set being kicked the f–k out and probably not treated too nicely. Can’t imagine them treating Barbara Strisand, or Queen Latifah very well. Daryl Hannah and Lindsy Hohan would be dealt with harshly as well.

samurai on June 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

Why is Jolie carrying that little Michelle Obama clone? Is that going to be the new “cabbage patch” style rage, or something?
I can hear the ad now…
“Get your very own OPOSSUM PATCH LI’LL SOURPUSS doll. She whines and she qvetches,
http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/03/17/michelle-obama-give-us-something-here/
she tells you you’re not nice ’cause you don’t do what she wants. Hurry, first customers will receive a free lapel pin any Lefty would be “proud of”
http://www.jjcoins.com/NaziPics/ppppin%20007.jpg
…while supplies last.”

yonason on June 27, 2008 at 11:46 am

Samurai — excellent point; all the celebs decrying “Islamophobia” are too silly to realize that if these barbarians win, they’re first to go. I mean, at least the Red celebs could fool themselves that they’d be commissars in the new order. I don’t what these people are thinking.

DocLiberty on June 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Doc, The book SCHMOOZING WITH TERRORISTS tells of interviews with the bad guys. They all said the first thing they’d do when they took over the U.S. would be to slam hollywierd shut. When asked what they thought of Madonna and Brittany Spears they replied:Whores.LOL

samurai on June 28, 2008 at 12:49 am

We know what they do to women that are raped let alone what they do to whores.

samurai on June 28, 2008 at 12:50 am

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