These are just a few of the differences between conservatives and liberals. You will notice that I did not post the conservative view, not wanting to put words in their mouths, but since I have argued with conservatives for years I feel confident that many will disagree with most, if not all, of my views. Feel free to post your own opposing view.
I am a liberal and I realize that if an uninsured person goes to the emergency room and cannot afford it, I will still pay for their bill with my tax dollars. I, selfishly, would like those costs to be lower. With a single-payer health care system the costs would be lower and would also create the habit for people to go to a primary care physician instead of waiting till they are so unhealthy and have to get extremely expensive health care at emergency rooms.
I also realize that if the working poor and unemployed, when faced with the hard choices like putting their children to bed hungry or stealing to buy groceries, will often times commit a crime. Selfishly, I do not want to continue to put people in jail and pay my tax dollars to house them, while their children also become a bigger burden on my tax dollars. I would prefer to provide welfare and unemployment benefits, where for every $1 given $1.61 goes back in to the economy. Saving me the tax expense of jailing and prosecuting people, with the added benefit of actually helping them and the economy. Again, I am selfishly trying to save some of my tax money.
I also think the entire country would benefit from having a more educated populace. Again my selfishness is shining through. I would like to be able to hire people that are smart. I guess I am just weird that way. I am more than eager to help pay for an educated populace because it comes back to me ten-fold. I will have smarter employees, my customers will have better jobs and higher incomes and will be able to buy things from me, thus making me more money.
I also realize that tax breaks for the top 1% only serves to help 1%. It has been proven time and time again that the top 1% do not spend their tax breaks or contribute to the economy and in turn does not benefit me. Tax breaks to the middle class creates jobs, jobs create income, income affords them the ability to buy things from me and others, including the top 1%, thus benefiting ALL of us. I make more money, they make more money and we all pay more taxes. Those tax dollars then fund much needed projects like infrastructure projects. Those projects also create jobs. Jobs create income and income created the ability to spend money on my products and create more tax revenue. The circle continues, on and on.
Liberals are generally pro-choice because they believe what they do with their body is between them and their doctor and not the place of the government to make decisions. Oddly that is one of the few issues that conservatives want bigger government. It isn't really odd when they finally admit that the basis for their pro-life stance is their own personal, generally religious, beliefs. I guess this rebuttal could go something like this "When a liberal doesn't want an abortion, they don't have one. When a conservative doesn't want an abortion they legislate against it."
I will take it one step further. I, selfishly, am in favor of not only legal abortions, no questions asked, but also government funded abortions. I think imprisoning a woman's body is the worst kind of cruel and unusual punishment but, in continuing with my earlier stance of saving as many tax dollars as possible, it makes sense from a financial standpoint. Most abortions are wanted by women that cannot afford any children or more children. I am glad to support her decision to make that choice and will gladly pay for it. It is less expensive for a one-time medical procedure than paying for the term of the pregnancy, delivery and the welfare for the mother an child for an additional 18 years. I thought conservatives were for saving as many tax dollars as possible?
In case anyone hasn't noticed I am trying to keep my points in terms of money. I have learned that is much easier to make a point to conservatives by talking about the bottom line rather than my real personal reasoning which is, in most cases, quite simply, "It's the right thing to do." However, there are some issues that can't be translated into dollars and cents but are simply the right thing to do and doing right by our fellow citizens should be a goal, to me at least.
Liberals are for Separation of Church and State because that is the very basis of our Constitution and why our country was founded in the first place. That means religion should stay out of politics and government completely, not just when it's a non-Christian religion. Any argument for religious views, of any kind, in our government, on our money, in our schools or the Pledge of Allegience is, quite frankly, anti-American.
Liberals are for gun control because we don't want to get shot and we don't like it when other people get shot. Weird, I know. Anyone that says "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" and actually believe that stupid sentence simply want to have the right to intimidate and kill people. A person can't kill multiple people, in a few seconds, with a knife. If we can't abolish all guns we should at least go back to muskets. You know, the weapons that we had when the 2nd Amendment was created. AK-47's were not in the minds of the framers at that time.
Liberals believe in equal rights for everyone, including homosexuals, because we know that the color of your skin, gender, religion, or who you fall in love with has no bearing on your ability to do your job, defend your country, raising children, being married or any other thing that straight, white, Christian men can do. Blacks, gays, women, and Muslims are cabable of doing anything a white, male, Christian can do and we are in favor of giving them an equal shot at it.
Liberals know that things that affect a majority of the nation are, in fact, things for our national government to address. Our nation is grossly obese and getting mad at Michele Obama for trying to improve the health of our children it the epitome of stupidity. Our government knows that the place to teach children of nutrition and eating habits is at home but since that obviously is not working we should ask ourselves, "What is the 2nd best place to teach children of healthy eating and nutrition?". If only there were a place that the majority of children go, daily, where we can teach them valuable things about their health? Oh wait!! Of course!! School!!!! That would be a wonderful place to teach children about health and nutrition. But somehow that is a bad idea?? All I can say to that is, NOT!!
I made many points that are liberal and fiscally conservative that "conservatives" oppose. Since most things mentioned actually save us money in the long run and have the added benefit of helping people, I can't fathom why conservatives oppose them. If they truly are all about saving money then the only other logical conclusion to oppose many of these points is because conservatives don't want to help others even when it saves them money. Worse, go out of their way to shell out more tax dollars to hurt people. It's very disheartening to us liberals.
Thanks for reading. Your thoughs and comments are welcome.