#1 Liberals Are More Selfish Than Conservatives09-17-2009, 11:44 PMLiberals Are More Selfish Than Conservatives
For liberals, the health care debate apparently boils down to the psychological qualities of the two sides. Nice people want socialized medicine, and mean, selfish people don’t. Last week, blogger Amanda Marcotte declared that an individual’s support for the public option—including taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegals—depends on whether that individual developed “a sense of empathy in early childhood.” (Yes, she really said that.) As long as liberals are going to play psychologist and turn a serious policy debate into petty speculation about their opponents’ emotional states, they should read “Makers and Takers” by Peter Schweizer. Afterward, they might just shut up about liberals being nicer and more generous than the rest of us.
As the American Spectator’s Richard Kirk wrote, Schweizer presents “peer-reviewed sociological data that show liberals are generally more selfish, more focused on money, less hardworking, less emotionally satisfied, less honest, and even less knowledgeable about politics than their conservative counterparts.”
And despite their self-righteous posturing, the people aggressively pushing Soviet-lite policies in Congress are the least generous with their own money. Schweizer reviewed tax forms and found that Al Gore gave $353 to charity in 1998—or .18 percent of his income. At least Gore was slightly less stingy than John Kerry, who didn’t give a single cent to charity in 1995. As a percentage of income, left-wing villains Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Dick Cheney have been more generous donors over the years than Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Michael Moore.
Not surprisingly, liberals score lower than conservatives when quizzed on government and economics...-
In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.
Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
09-17-2009, 11:54 PM
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I will help anyone, that's willing to help themselves.
#3 Re: Liberals Are More Selfish Than Conservatives
09-18-2009, 04:45 AM
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Well Dude, You are right in your respective stand that Liberals are more selfish than Conservatives.Basically, Marcotte made the oh-so-sophisticated argument that “nice” people support socialized medicine and “mean” people don’t. She also implied that Republicans are sociopaths, and that not giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegals means letting them “die in the street.” (She’s lying. Illegal immigrants already have access to lifesaving medical care in our emergency rooms. Not only are they not left to “die in the street,” hospitals in the Southwest are going broke giving emergency treatment to illegals and never being paid for it. What Amanda Marcotte really wants is for American taxpayers to pay for illegal immigrants’ abortions and antidepressant prescriptions.As long as liberals are going to base their support for government-run healthcare on the fact that they’re “nicer” people, I say: two can play at this game. Sociological data regularly shows that liberals are more selfish than conservatives.
09-18-2009, 07:52 AM
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I will say that the poor are more likely to be Democrat, and no, I don't see them donating that much. Good point about the rich Democrats mentioned though.
09-18-2009, 08:24 AM
Oh, liberals are generous - they're just generous with other people's money.Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.
09-18-2009, 10:43 AM
This has been demonstrated around the world - it's not confined to American political parties. When you shove responsibility for the poor off on the government, you simply stop thinking about the poor except in abstract terms. You certainly don't feel any personal obligation to them.
In effect, you dehumanize the poor when you make them a government problem.
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