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Subject:  Re: The difference between liberals Date:  10/14/2012  1:07 PM
Author:  CCinOC Number:  648778 of 794371

orinjade wrote: I like to say that the difference is that liberal ideas may *sound* kind, but they aren't because they aren't realistic. Conservative ideas may sound harsh but they aren't because they are based on human behaviour. In short, we are the grownups, talking about how the world *is* not teenagers talking about how the world *should* be.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

This is what I keep telling my librul son. Government can't pass laws to make people be what you want them to be. The practical reality is that except for heroic actions on a battlefield, human beings act first in their own enlightened self-interest all the time. They do so in good times and they certainly do so in bad times.

For example, when a taxpayer voluntarily gives money to charity, he feels good about it. When a taxpayer involuntarily gives money through taxes that are then redistributed to the less fortunate, she doesn't feel good about it; he feels exploited by a wasteful government.

There's a well known psychological phenomenon that "feelings follow action." Example: if you go to a party when you're not especially excited about attending, but you "p