This post on politicians’ giving to charity is interesting, if not (terribly) informative for the election:
How much did the Obamas give in 2010? 14.2 percent – compared with Ryan’s 1.2 percent – and Santorum’s 1.7 percent. Romney was far more generous, largely through tithing – but he was still beaten in percentage terms by Obama in 2010.
The intersection, or lack thereof, between charity and government has always been a fascinating issue to me—in whatever form—and I tend to think of government, at least in one capacity, as sort of the area where charity does not work, or at least hasn’t worked. It’s the “somebody’s gotta do it” mentality, I suppose.