Monday, April 7, 2008

Let's Tsk Tsk While Comparing Two Completely Disparate Situations

So, over on one of the Dallas Morning News' bajillion blogs, Rod Dreher has his crunchy con-ness all in an uproar over the fact that the Clintons gave more percentage-wise to charity than the Obamas did. So where do I start? Let's start with the fact that the Clintons earned more than the Obamas. Then there's also the fact that we're talking about two couples that are at completely different stages in their lives - the Clintons are empty-nesters with oodles of disposable income, the Obamas have two young daughters to feed and clothe, as well as their college educations for which to plan. Let's not also forget that the span of time between Hillary and Bill Clinton and college debt and the span of time between Barack and Michelle Obama and college debt are substantially different as well. And then there's what one commenter, Matt, said:
Obama has spent many years working with the down and out in South Chicago...can you put a price on a person's time and effort?
And then, of course, as many of the other commenters pointed out - the bulk of the Clinton's charitable giving went to their own charitable foundation. Dreher's lack of homework peeved quite a few, as you'll see in the comments. (And yes, I felt compelled to respond to one person who decided to bring the Bible into it by well, bringing the Bible into it, which you will see in the comments.)