I honestly think it's hard to feel empathetic for more and more people when WE ourselves are doing what we can to just get by...
Sure, we have our luxuries (cell phones, cable tv, internet, car) but then again more and more of these things are becoming necessities in today's world.
Need to do some work from home? internet needed. Emergency work call? Phone needed
Car? To and from work.
But just being tax day, and I owned another 3600 in taxes, it's hard to truly "give". Sure I'll toss a dollar or two when I've been asked. I don't do it out of guilt, I do it because that's the kind of guy I am.
Now I have it in my abilities to give a lot more, but I don't. Why? I feel that when I pay so much in taxes that I know are sadly going to people sucking off the system, EBT cards in strip clubs, etc. I have no more respect for the system and feel I've given more than enough.
Give me my money back, show me you're cracking down on abuse in the system, and I'll gladly give you more directly to those in need.