In the spirit of blogs-as-open-source-think-tanks I’d like to start a discussion. Are Progressives cheap? Do you think Progressives give enough money to Progressive organizations and candidates?
How much is “enough?” Many Christians, even very poor ones, give ten percent of their before-tax income to their churches. For them tithing is a value. Do YOU give ten percent of your income to Progressive organizations, causes and candidates? (I’m not saying that Progressives are in some kind of opposition to Christians here, I’m asking if this can be a core Progressive value in the same way that it a Christian value.)
Have you ever worked for a Progressive-oriented non-profit? If you think the “private sector” pays poorly and takes its workers for granted, you really have no idea… And there is the whole issue of the foundations and other funders of Progressive causes. What’s up with that?
Is there a Progressive “value” of giving? Or do Progressives really think that “the government” should take care of everything? Conservative certainly understand the importance of funding their organizations. The “conservative movement” network of PR think tanks receives more than $400 million dollars a year. (This total does not even include Fox, Limbaugh, The Party, etc.)
And, most important, what can we do to change this? What can we do to instill in Progressives a culture of supporting our own causes, organizations and candidates?