If government programs are of often blind, and do not solve the problems of the underclass, will conservatives be wiser in their own giving, and compassionate enough to cross racial and class lines to give with their own hands to the poor? Some will, and those are to be honored. But what of the rich SOB who gives nothing? How do we exact honorable behavior from the rich? If not taxes, the pillory? A good discussion of these issues on Lenore Ealy's blog, Beneficence, which is more properly called Stinginess, since it is a textbook defense of the principled or unprincipled selfishness of her funders. Beneficence is the conservative head fake; the real movement is to defund social programs and pocket the cash. Compassion means, "Let Jack do it, if he wishes." For those who are taken aback by my vehemence, Lenore and I are friends. We take each other seriously enough to be outspoken. She gives as good as she gets. Maybe we can clarify some of the issues precisely by not dancing around them.