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Is a consciousness of social responsibility starting to emerge in the US?

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  1. Social responsibility?
    What, like free welfare and SSI for all?
    Gimi gimi gimi gimi – all for me!!! Bail out my mortgage, bail out my credit card, free lunch for my kids, free section 8 housing, free health care, free government education, free college loans….
    Isn’t that the Democrat way?

  2. We’ve just elected a President whose aim is to exacerbate the problems that have led us to this point which is increase the debt by leaps and bounds. The aim is to do this to provide for the populace that which they apparently cannot provide for themselves.
    I’d say we’re not even close.

  3. if it is mandated by the all encompassing government, how does is constitute social consciousness.
    You need to take a philosophy class and look at morality.
    An action can only have moral worth if it is freely undertaken by the individual. Mandated “goodness” has no value.
    So no, social consciousness is not starting to emerge, the impending socialist government is.

  4. Some people don’t need to be TOLD to be responsible by a supreme leader.
    You’re right in part. A “social”istic mindset (the govt. has a responsibility to take care of people during times of “crises”) is definitely emerging.

  5. it has always been there. the INDIVIDUALS with this consciousness have expressed it in numerous ways.
    those who feel an “emergence” at this time are simply responding to a voice that tickles their particular ears.

  6. Social responsibility?? How about starting with PERSONAL responsibility. If everyone took responsibility for themselves and their own families there would be little need for SOCIAL responsibility. Social responsibility is merely more government intervention in our lives.

  7. The citizens of the U.S. have always had a strong sense of social responsibility.
    Judging by statistics reporting voluntary donations, it is stronger than many other countries.
    In 2007 USA today reported that Americans, including donations from people earning less than $100,000 per year, set a record by donating almost $300 billion to charity.
    In addition, in philanthropic giving as a percentage of gross domestic product, the U.S. ranked first at 1.7%. No. 2 Britain gave 0.73%, while France, with a 0.14% rate, trailed such countries as South Africa, Singapore, Turkey and Germany,” according the the article.
    Here is a an article excerpt and link:
    “About 65% of households with incomes less than $100,000 give to charity, the report showed.
    “It tells you something about American culture that is unlike any other country,” said Claire Gaudiani, a professor at NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and author of The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism.
    Gaudiani said the willingness of Americans to give cuts across income levels, and their investments go to developing ideas, inventions and people to the benefit of the overall economy.
    Gaudiani said Americans give twice as much as the next most charitable country, according to a November 2006 comparison done by the Charities Aid Foundation.
    In philanthropic giving as a percentage of gross domestic product, the U.S. ranked first at 1.7%. No. 2 Britain gave 0.73%, while France, with a 0.14% rate, trailed such countries as South Africa, Singapore, Turkey and Germany.”
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-06-25-charitable_N.htm

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