Saturday, November 08, 2008

An Excerpt From An Excellent Conversation

Click the title to read the whole conversation. Thanks EJ, my SAC friend.
"Jesus Was a Liberal — ?
by J. Budziszewski

"...I sighed. "All right. Your friend's first reason might be put, 'Jesus was more like a liberal than a conservative because liberals have compassion for the poor and conservatives don't.' How do you know liberals have compassion for the poor, and how do you know conservatives don't?"
"Isn't that pretty obvious? Liberals are always trying to increase funding for governmental programs to help the poor, and conservatives are always trying to cut them back."
"I'm afraid it's more complicated than that. The main disagreement between liberals and conservatives isn't about whether to help the poor but about what does help the poor. Conservatives support some kinds of government programs to help the poor, but they're pickier. They think that many of these programs do no good, and that some of them actually make the poor worse off instead of better. They also think that private, faith-based programs tend to do more good than government programs."
"Are those claims true?"..."


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