Leftists like to characterize themselves as the “compassionate party”. They care about the poor, they care about women’s reproductive rights, they care about income inequality, they care about fairness… Or do they??
The left believes government should solve all “problems”. They look for problems to solve, even when the problem is best solved locally, or not at all. Face it, it isn’t possible to protect people from every possible problem. In a free society, people take chances just getting out of bed. Freedom means you are free to succeed… Or to fail. Failure is a learning experience, not something to be protected from. Many people fail, often more than once, before they finally succeed. We learn from failure, and try again.
Does the Left really care about the poor? Apparently, they care so much, they have created millions more of them. They told women that as long as they didn’t have a husband or a job, the government would take care of them. What you pay for, you get more of… So we got millions more single mothers. The “War on Poverty” hasn’t reduced the percentage of poor at all, but it has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars, and trapped millions in generational poverty. It has created huge bureaucracies that suck up seventy-four cents of every welfare dollar. After 50 years of welfare, do we have less poverty?
Studies have shown that leftists are the least charitable of people. They think government should take care of the poor. They quote the Bible to justify constantly increasing taxes on the producers to support the parasites. But the Bible intended charity to be personal. Conservatives give much more to charities in both time and money than leftists do. We believe in taking care of our own. Charity used to be handled by churches and local communities who knew the people that truly needed help, and could see the results of their efforts.
The left accuses Conservatives of waging a “War on Women”. Really? In what way? Have women not had “reproductive rights” until now? Have they not had access to birth control? All my adult life I have had access to whatever type of birth control I chose, and I never worried about how to pay for it. It’s not that expensive, and if it is for some, there are programs that supply it for free. But, according to the leftists, unless the government (which is you, the taxpayer) pays for all forms of birth control, women won’t have access to it. Conservatives don’t want to deny women access to birth control, we just don’t see why we should pay for it.
Unlike the left, Conservatives don’t think of women as helpless creatures who need taking care of. Women have been taking care of their own needs for a very long time. Pioneer women gave birth in log cabins, or wagon trains, or ships coming across the ocean. Unlike Miss Fluke, who was smart enough to get into Georgetown University, but not smart enough to figure out how to pay for birth control pills (which are available at Walmart for $9.00 a month.) I don’t know any women who were unable to take care of their own reproductive needs. Most of us work full time while raising children, taking care of our homes, and looking damn good. We know how to get birth control.
Insurance is designed to protect you from the unknown. The left doesn’t seem to understand that. Insurance companies are betting nothing will happen to you, and you are betting that something will. Birth control, abortion, gender reassignment, substance abuse treatment, etc. are all personal choices, not unforeseen accidents. Covering these things isn’t insurance, it’s welfare. It’s also not economically possible.
How about “income inequality”? Yes, there is income inequality… And there should be. Not all jobs are equal. Businesses are in business to make a profit, not to guarantee people high-paying jobs. I don’t believe there should be a minimum wage. If an employer can’t find anyone to work for what he is offering, he will increase the wages offered until he can. That is supply and demand. Entry-level jobs require no skills. They are for people just entering the labor force, like teenagers. If people want to earn more than minimum wage, they need to make themselves more valuable. Entry level jobs aren’t meant to “support a family”. Leftists don’t seem to care that every time they increase the minimum wage, they cause less employment. While claiming to champion the “worker”, they price large percentages of workers out of the market.
Recently, President Obama claimed women only made seventy-seven cents for every dollar a man made. He is, of course, misrepresenting the truth. Many women choose jobs that take them away from family as little as possible. If they have children, they generally don’t choose jobs that require a lot of travel or danger. Many women choose jobs like teaching, nursing, or office work. Women who choose careers that compete with men often make more than men. It’s a non-issue that has, once again, been used by the left to be divisive. To cause discontent and envy.
And what is “fair”? Taking more and more from people who earned what they have, to give to people who haven’t? How is that “fair”? Why should anyone be responsible for other people’s bad choices? Lefties like to blame circumstances for people living in poverty, but for the most part, people are living in poverty because of the choices they make. It has been my observation that people determined to succeed, do. We all can name famous people, like Dr. Ben Carson, who were raised in poverty but achieved great success. Conservatives want to help those truly in need…..and do. What we don’t want to do is enable people to keep making bad choices.
So, who really wears the white hats? Those who pay for and encourage bad choices, or those who believe we are not irresponsible children who need to be taken care of? Every adult with a functioning brain and body should earn what they have….or not have it.