A new study shows that all of us greedy, capitalistic, jingoistic Americans gave $260.28 billion dollars to charitable organizations in 2005. Do you think the citizens of ANY other country gave that much money to those in need? And before anyone attributes this large amount to big companies... individuals gave 79% of that figure!
"In the 41 years that Giving USA has tracked philanthropy, giving has increased with the wealth of the nation. Since 1965, total contributions have been between 1.7 percent and 2.3 percent of gross domestic product. For 2005, it was estimated to be 2.1 percent of GDP." (source)
This IS the greatest country on earth.
Of course, more is always needed...