I started talking about this with valwig, and now I'm all riled up, so I figured I'd vent the remainder on here.
We started by discussing the war in Iraq, where she agreed and said that she strongly supported the war initially because of the shabby treatment of the Iraqis by their dictator. Naturally, I feel that every liberal should support the war in Iraq, as it is a war to liberate an oppressed people. Last I checked, this was Dogma #1 for liberals. Seems that all those who dislike the war are merely Grade A hypocrites, who only like to "help" their brother when it benefits this. I'd like to back this claim up with a few examples.
Christopher Reeves: "Everybody support stem cell research so that I can walk again. I'm loaded and could give money, but it's easier if you do it. Also, don't give money to any other types of research that are equally valid, because I don't need them."
Any government social program. Sure, they look nice. I bet Social Security looked real nice back in the 40's. And look what it is now? A big source of money for the federal government to blow on subsidies to tobacco farmers, to pay them not to grow any tobacco. Real productive. And don't argue that it's a fluke. Whenever the government acquires more power (ability to tax incomes), it will come to abuse sooner or later (very usually sooner). And social programs are just that: federal government power grabs.
What happens when I, a liberal congressman, arrange passage of a big juicy social program? I get to give all my liberals buddies jobs. And what else happens? I get to enslave a whole swath of poor/lazy people to the government. Once they're dependent on the social program, they have to vote for me and other liberals forever, or risk losing their precious free money. But really, those liberals who are "benevolently" trying to provide "charity" for their "down-trodden brothers", are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts, and the fact that they get a huge personal benefit that society doesn't share is purely coincidence.
I promise. Vote Kerry.
Ah, the corollary to this is that even though hardcore conservatives don't claim to be the savior of society, their values do society far more good than any liberal. Rather than feeling that it's somebody else's job to take care of me, which results in everybody doing nothing, they believe that it's solely their responsibility to take care of themselves. Therefore everybody is productive.
Further, it is all those "greedy" "lucre-loving" "corporate bastards" who create the jobs that are everyone else's sole source of income. Sure, I bet you do feel like your entitled to a chunk of you're neighbors money. And I bet it makes you feel good to pretend like he somehow wronged you by earning it while you sat idly by. Just keep on thinking that while you wonder why you're get poorer, and your neighbor is getting richer. But consider where you'd be without that greedy corporation: no job, no money, and nothing to buy with it anyway. Whoo, Soviet Russia, here we come.