The Myth Of American Generosity?

The Dish

This is news to me:

For a start, it isn’t clear why the rest of us get credit for the fact that the Gateses and Warren Buffett gave away the bulk of their fortunes. But as importantly, it simply isn’t true. Private development assistance in the United States equals 0.2 percent of gross national income—the same as government development assistance. Private development assistance in the United Kingdom also equals 0.2 percent of gross national income—while government assistance equaled 0.6 percent in 2011. Add the two together, and the United States is one-half as generous as Great Britain — and two-fifths as generous as Sweden.

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