From The San Francisco Chronicle:
Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush on Thursday of failing the Biblical test set by the Good Samaritan, saying, “He’s seen people in need, but he’s crossed over to the other side of the street.”
…”Four years ago, George Bush came to office calling himself a compassionate conservative,” Kerry said. “Well, in the story of the Good Samaritan we are told of two men who pass by or cross to the other side of the street when they come upon a robbed and a beaten man.
“They felt compassion, but there were no deeds. Then the Good Samaritan gave both his heart and his help.”Byron York covered the discrepancy in the two candidates past charitable contributions earlier this year in a larger examination on John Kerry’s tax reporting issues.
Kerry’s returns from 1995 and earlier, before his marriage to Heinz, have sometimes attracted criticism over the issue of charitable giving. In 1995, according to published reports, Kerry reported a taxable income of $126,179, and charitable contributions of $0. In 1994, he reported income of $127,884, and charitable donations of $2,039. In 1993, he reported income of $130,345, and contributions of $175. In 1992, he reported income of $127,646, and contributions of $820. In 1991, he reported income of $113,857, and contributions of $0.
As far as Bush is concerned, in 1991, the future president, then a private citizen, reportedly had income of $179,591, and charitable contributions of $28,236. In 1992, Bush reported income of $212.313, and contributions of $31,914. In 1993, Bush reported income of $610,772, and contributions of $31,292. In 1994, Bush reported income of $474,937 and in 1995, income of $419,481. Published reports at that time did not list Bush’s charitable contributions for those two years.In 5 years John Kerry, who earned $625,911 in that period, donated $3,034 to charity. That’s .5% of his income.
In those same 5 years George Bush, who earned $1,893,091, donated $91,442 (more likely the amount was over $150,00 if the missing years were added). Even minus the two missing years that’s 4.8% of his income. If you assume that Bush’s donations were actually $150,000 (probably a low estimate) over the five years, he would have donated 7.9% of his income to charity.
It seems that Senator Kerry should be the last person to talk about the Good Samaritans.
To his credit once Kerry married money he started giving to charity on a level comparable to what George Bush had been doing for years. Remember to thank Teresa for getting Kerry started down the charitable contribution path…