March 26th, 2008 14:29 EST
Barak Obama's Charitable Giving Gives Pause
Washington, DC-- Senator Obama's 1% giving to charity calls into question his commitment to the poor and needy and exposes his lack of conviction to the most vulnerable in our society.
Recent tax returns made public by Senator Obama, from 2000 though 2004, show that he gave less than 1% of his income to charitable causes.
Senator Obama has campaigned on the theme of change and reaching out to the most needy and broken in our society, but he is not willing to "put his money where his mouth is" on the issue of social justice.
Sadly, Senator Obama appears to be just another hypocritical politician saying one thing on the campaign trail and living a lifestyle that contradicts his policies.
Senator Obama might want to change his campaign slogan from "Yes we can!" to "No I wouldn't!"
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "Americans are growing weary of politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail but live their personal lives in sharp contrast to their public views. A politician's private life should match their public rhetoric. How often do we hear of our elected officials lecturing us on global warming and then flying in private jets and driving large SUVs. Or, public officials talking about reaching out to the poor and living in mansions and spending hundreds of dollars on haircuts.
"Sadly, Senator Obama now falls into that category of politicians not 'practicing what they preach.' By giving less than 1% of his income to charitable causes, he has shown a profound lack of compassion for the poor and needy. He appears to be just another hypocritical leader who demands from others what he is unwilling to do himself. Our elected officials should never be able to separate public policy from private lifestyle. So, the next time you hear Senator Obama talking about social programs realize he has no interest in getting personally involved. He only wants your money."
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