I don't get this whole conservative argument that they are more charitable than liberals. Where do you get your information, Slab? Women are consistently found to be more charitable than men and they also tend to be more liberal than men. My wife donates about 20% of my income to charity. Right now she is interrupting me alking about wanting to give checks to all the poor people. My income is the meager amount deemed necessary by our society to pay a PH.D. in Psychology to teach Psychology classes.
Deciding who to donate to is fine, except that the government has greater knowledge of all the needs, at least in theory, and therefore should be much better at allocating money fairly. For example, what if everybody donated to Haiti all of a sudden due to the earthquake and its media publicity, but no one bothered to donate money to other worthy causes? Then, Hiaiti would be flooded with donation money, but other people would have none. Another thing: What makes you conservatives think that you deserve all the money you get, no matter how it results from ripping other people off? "It's my money so I can do whatever I want with it" -- I never stop hearing the same old tired refrain. You never would have had that money in the first place if it weren't for people like me -- teachers -- and people such as goverment employees who take care of society's infrastructure, plus having other people around with enough money to buy your products. I think all businesses and business owners should pay their share of taxes to support those who make it possible for them to do business.