If Liberals had real life experience they would be Consertives
January 18, 2008 2:23pm CST
George McGovern, once one of the most liberal members of the Senate, ran for President as a liberal. His voting record followed the liberal agenda. Pro environment, pro poor people, pro union, pro worker, anti business, anti war, etc. Several years later he opened a bed and breakfast - hotel in Conn. His feelings changed after he had to live with the rules and regulation. He made the statement that had he owned a business before he ran for office his voting record would have been different. To read more check this out. http://dailypundit.com/?p=2133 When you look at many of the liberals in the Senate you find very few who have run a business or worked in the private sector. It is something to think about when you go to vote. One experience changed Geroge McGovern's way of thinging about some of the government regulation. As the article states a quote from Herbert Hoover and it is still true today "The business of America is Busienss" In order for the economy to grow they must produce something. Government jobs do not produce a product and do not help the economy grow. What would happen if the government removed the restrictions on the Auto Industry and allowed them to make the type of vehicles the public wanted to buy without mileage restrictions on them. Back in the 1970's and 80's we had a gasoline shortage and people started to buy smaller cars and cars that would last longer. The foreign carcompanies stepped in and met the demand while the US Auto industry started to change but they were locked into Union Contracts and government regulations that prevent them from updating their production equiptment. One of the reasons the Saturn Car Company was introduced by GM was that the got out from the Union Contracts and allowed the company to build a state of the art facility. US Car companies joned with foreign companies and built new modern factories in the US so they could compete with the imports. New smaller cars were introduced and some of the public bought them but others still wanted a larger vehicle. Now the government is trying to kill off what is left of the auto industry with unbleiveable demands being placed on them. They are going to have to produce a vehicle that the public does not want at this time. When you have worked in the private sector and had to make a payroll you understand how expensives the government regulations are and how little they really do to acheive what they are suspose to acheive.
19 Jan 08
Ah - the old 'Liberals are stupid' argument. As has be stated, there are many other forms of life experience than running a business. Is it better for politicos to get some real experience before getting into politics, damn right it is. Too many professional politicans out there by far. Including the one in the White House. I guess I would ask you to define what a 'liberal' is. To me, it's someone willing to hold out there hand to someone in need. To use government to make sure that we can all keep up, rather than leaving the weak or sick behind. Government is there to level the playing field. In my opinion anyway - sadly reality seems to say that government is there to play favours to its donors and lobbyists, and to distort the market with tax breaks for their political friends.
• United States
19 Jan 08
In this case a liberal is one who wants to take care of you and protect you because you aren't smart enought to do it right. For example requiring air bags in a car because people do not use seat belts. This add $3,000 to $5,000, per car. Or requiring that all health insurance cover Chiropractic services even though I never use them. Currently Minnesota requires 72 different services be covered by all insurance, while Iowa requires far fewer and their insurance is several thousand dollars a year less. Someone who thinks they know what is best for me, that is what I think of as a liberal.
• United States
21 Jan 08
Muppetsnap, I agree with you on what a liberal is and what our government today is there for. As for insurance regulations, in Pennsylvania they don't have to pay for chiropractic services and mine doesn't so although I need it desperately I haven't been able to afford it for over a year and neither has my husband. And premiums aren't low here, either, I can guarantee you that. I'm a liberal and I don't want to tell anyone what to do, especially if they must continue with a pregnancy or that they can't marry the person of their choice, but I do think we should all be willing to help those who are less fortunate and need a helping hand. My "real life" experience has shown me that we can all literally be an illness, accident or downsizing away from poverty so I think before I criticize someone who needs a little help. Annie
19 Jan 08
You'd be a little more convincing if you knew how to spell "conservative." Furthermore, McGovern was never as cartoonishly liberal as you want us to believe, nor is he currently as conservative as you want us to believe. And what the heck does being anti-war have to do with being pro-regulation (or anti-regulation)?
• United States
18 Jan 08
As conservatives often do, you're taking this a bit out of context and taking McGovern's words to mean much more than they actually did. Is there too much "red-tape" in our government? Absolutely! Are there some pretty stupid and senseless regulations? There sure are! But to say "If liberals had real life experience they'd be conservatives", sorry I beg to differ! I could easily take it to the opposite extreme and ask what "real life" experience has Mitt Romney ever had? Or George W. Bush? Have they ever been denied payment for a necessary medical procedure or needed a medication that wasn't covered by insurance (if they had it) that they positively could NOT afford? Have they ever had to choose between feeding their family or heating their home? Have they ever had to borrow money for gas to get to work or call off because they couldn't afford it? Have they ever had to face the fact that their children probably wouldn't fare much better than they had because there was no way to pay for their higher education? Those are real life experiences that occur for far too many real life people today. And I know many of these people and they are NOT conservatives! Annie
• United States
18 Jan 08
Back in the late 1960's the Federal Government started a program call the War on Poverty" We are still fighting that war today. On estimate is that we are spending about, $14,500, for every man, woman and child who lives in poverty (the IRS allows you to deduct $3,500, for each dependent as your expences for that person). For a family of four that is over $55,000 per year and the average family income is $47,000, per year. I had a friend who was on welfare for a short time and when she went to take a full time job she took a $6,000 a year pay cut. She went into teaching. She and her daughter had: Insurance, food stamps($270per month), rent assistance or low interest morgage, heat assistance, earned income tax credit ($4,200 per year), Child care assistance, and free breakfast and lunch for her daughter at school. Since you mentioned it What real life experience has Hillary Clinton had? Mitt Romney and George Bush both worked in busienss that produced jobs for people and contributed to the economic growth of this country. What has Hillary done?