George Will recently had an excellent column. It was about a book by Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.
It has all kinds of facts to prove its point. For instance "Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227). "
This goes back to a theme I hit on a while ago . We have an individual responsibility to help the less fortunate. The solution is not confiscatory taxes collected at virtual gunpoint used to fund income redistribution. This does not relieve you of your personal responsibility.
More Government is not the answer. More charitable works are the answer.