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Another very basic example of “progressive” ignorance

Cynthia Tucker perfectly demonstrates why “progressives” base their entire philosophy on an incorrect premise.

They equate “charity” with “government.”

In her article “Ayn Rand is curious choice for conservative veneration,” she writes

[Paul] Ryan’s indifference to the plight of weaker members of society shows how the modern conservative movement has tortured and refashioned traditional Christian beliefs. There is very little of the teachings of Jesus — who told a rich man to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor — in a right-wing religious nationalism that holds the poor in contempt.

Ms. Tucker, and “progressives” in general, fail to see the distinction between (a) the rich man giving the proceeds to the poor and (b) having the state take the proceeds from the rich man. Ms. Tucker, and those that share her world view, see these two things as equivalent.

It is abjectly absurd.

There are many other things Ms. Tucker gets wrong, but they all spring from this basic error.

Big Brother knows best.

“Progressives” recognize that some people will be irresponsible and cause damage by using firearms. They conclude the State must therefore prohibit everyone from access to firearms.
“Conservatives” recognize that some people will be irresponsible and cause damage by using drugs. They conclude the State must therfore prohibit everyone from access to drugs.
Libertarians reccognize that some people will be irresponsible and cause damage regardless of what the State does. They conclude the State’s prohibitions cause more harm than irresponsible indviduals.

How wonderful.

Quillen’s wonderful defense of wonderful public employees.

Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen defends public workers in his column today. The headline is “Who are the overpaid parasites?” Not public employees, according to Ed. In support of his proposition, he lists several wonderful anecdotes of public employees doing wonderful things.

But like the wonderful progressive he is, Ed never mentions how much his wonderful anecdotal public employees get paid. Not once. You see, cost matters not to compassionate, wonderful progressive people like Ed. Cost is irrelevant in his wonderful world of selfless wonderful public servants. They are wonderful. Worrying about such nasty capitalistic things as “cost” is so un-progressive. It is so non-compassionate. It is so un-wonderful.

And we all know, in Ed’s wonderful world, money does not make the world go ’round. Love does.

How wonderful.