Morning Briefing: August 21st, 2012
By Steve Deace
Red States vs. Blue States: Who’s More Charitable?
A new study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy released this week found the eight states with residents who gave the highest percentage of their income to charity in 2008 also voted that year for Republican presidential nominee John McCain. And the seven states in which residents donated the lowest percentage of their income that year voted for President Obama, based on 2008 IRS information. There are two possible explanations for this. First, folks in red states go to church more often therefore tithe more often, and tithing is considered charitable giving by the IRS. Second, those in blue states are becoming increasingly statist, therefore in their minds they’re tithing too — to the church of state. They consider their charitable giving to be paying their taxes to the godlike state.
Tens of Thousands Illegal Voters in Florida
A Tampa group that has been combing through voter rolls says thousands of felons are registered to vote in Florida. Tampa Vote Fair says it found the names of 21,582 felons on voter rolls statewide and 1,375 in Hillsborough County. The group says its research shows some of the felons voted while behind bars. Individuals convicted of a felony aren’t allowed to vote in Florida unless they go through a process to restore their rights. The group says its research did not include any felons who were eligible to have their rights restored. The organization started looking for problems on voter rolls and sending its results to the supervisor of elections in Hillsborough County earlier this year. Tampa Vote Fair organizer Kimberly Kelley says the group wants to make sure legitimate voters’ votes count. As I have been saying all year now, Romney is going to have win battleground states like Florida by 3 points or more, because if it’s close the Democrat motto of “if you’re not cheating you’re not trying” comes into play.
Technologies that Could Change the Next Generation
50 years ago, the idea of cell phones, satellite television, and the Internet would’ve been considered the stuff of science fiction. Nowadays, they are just a part of everyday life. What technologies could develop in the 50 years? This article lays out a sample of what our children and grandchildren could end up taking for granted in the next generation.
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