Generosity Index 2003

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by Ian McCracken, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Well, well, well, what do we have here? The Massaschusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy has issued their annual Generosity Index 2003. This report catalogues state Generosity indexes based on Having/Giving formulations. The states below are listed, in order, the top states in terms of generosity. Notice anything peculiar about the top 20 most charitable states? Give up? They are all states WON by GW Bush, confirming the widely held belief that liberals are only good at spending other people's money. For the record, 15 of the bottom 20 LEAST generous states were won by Al Gore.

    Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy

    Highest Generosity Indexes (Top 20):

    South Dakota
    South Carolina
    North Dakota
    West Virginia
    North Carolina
  2. Dante

    Dante Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Binghamton, NY
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    wow, that's a s t r e t c h
  3. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    does this include religious donations? that's an awful lot of bible belt states
  4. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's based on charitable donations reported on tax returns, so yes, church money is included. It's also as a percentage of income, not raw dollars, and it's been well-established across geographies that lower-income people tend to give a higher percentage of their income to charity than higher-income people.
  5. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    What a joke. The rich states, BY DEFINITION, can't be considered generous. Even if every single resident of a rich state gave 100% of his income to charity.
  6. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    It's Having Rank - Giving Rank. So, for example, the highest the richest state could score would be 0. Even if every person in the state gave 100% of his income to charity, the best they could do is score right below Kentucky. If everyone in Mississippi gave 0% - THAT IS NOTHING - to charity, they would have the exact same generosity ranking as the richest state that gave EVERYTHING. Really, this is the dumbest thing Ian has posted yet, and I'm including the "inside information" about Saddam being murdered.
  7. Matt Clark

    Matt Clark Member

    Dec 19, 1999
    Liverpool FC
    I'd like to see this list cross-referenced against the number of fat, perma-tanned millionaire "religious advisors" in each of those states.
  8. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Actually, Ian's chart is interesting in another way. It seems that the Republican party has become the party of the very poor white population.
  9. joseph pakovits

    joseph pakovits New Member

    Apr 29, 1999
    fly-over country
    What, you slept through the culture wars of the 1980s or something?
  10. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax

    well then i'm going to suggest that much of that donated money can hardly be considered philanthropy - keep the fodder comin' ian
  11. edcrocker

    edcrocker Member+

    May 11, 1999
    How are you using the word "liberals?"
  12. csc7

    csc7 New Member

    Jul 3, 2002
    life's much easier using Ian's correlation methods.

    I have used two pens from the same box at work for a couple months. It these couple months, I've received a pay raise and I have not been fired.

    Luckily for me, I have the entire box of these powerful pens. I need to keep a couple, but I'm willing to sell the rest to any one who is interested for $20 a pen. Remember these pens are proven to get raises and prevent you from being fired. PM for shipping information.
  13. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Again, these states could finish high on the list without hardly any charity giving, religious or otherwise.
  14. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    I happen to know that the people of New Jersey are VERY generous. They'll give you the finger seven days a week out on the highways.

    And New Hampshire being dead last is no surprise. The people up there just hate giving it up. No sales tax. No income tax. They pay for schools with bake sales and donations dropped into (mostly) empty water jugs on store counters. They're so cheap they only have like 5 miles of beach on the Atlantic.
  15. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    Oh my god. When I read Ben's post originally, I figured he couldn't possibly be interpreting the chart correctly. This reminds me of that chart that Franken hilariously breaks down in "Lies..." Beyond meaningless. For Ian's sake, let's hope he just saw the title and didn't actually glance at the "methodology."
  16. evilcrossbar

    evilcrossbar New Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    Oh yeah, well I've got the magic pair of boxer shorts that I wore while I watched the 2002 CL final match in Glasgow which guaranteed the win by Real Madrid. Alas, they were lost in the furthest reaches of my laundry pile for months (hence their elimination by Juventus in the semis in '03).

    However I've now found them, and I am willing to part with them for $20.

    Hell, maybe it'll guarantee Ian the complete dissappearance of the Democratic party by '04.

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