Doug's credo # 2: My needs and desires, however great or intense, do not give me the right to take what is yours, including your life and the derivatives of your life--your ideas and tangible property. To suggest otherwise creates a relationship not dissimilar to that of master and slave.
More of Doug's credos, and some very interesting reading as well, can be found here.
People often ask me why I'm conservative, why I reject ANYTHING proposed by liberals or progressives (or whatever they call themselves today).
I always answer with two statements and a question:
I resent and resist ANY proposal that forces me to pay for it. Liberals and progressives propose policies that require tax money. I am forced by the IRS to pay taxes or go to jail. ObamaCare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) comes to mind. That fiasco became law in March 2010. As Nancy Pelosi famously said, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it."
Some liberal proposals are admirable. Whether or not I want to fund it should be MY choice, not something that is forced upon me.
Has ANY proposal offered by liberals ever worked as advertised? The "War On Poverty" illustrates my point. LBJ said that 30 years was needed to eradicate poverty. Yet after 50 years and $40 trillion spent, the "poverty" level is substantially the same as it was in the 1960s. In fact, poverty has actually increased for some Americans.
Besides not reducing poverty, it robbed taxpayers of money they could have spent themselves. And it grew a huge (and hugely expensive) bureauracy. Means-tested welfare spending has soared since the start of the War on Poverty. In fiscal year 2013 alone, the federal government ran over 80 means-tested welfare programs that provided cash, food, housing, medical care, and targeted social services to poor and low-income Americans. Federal and state governments spent $943 billion in 2013 on these programs at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient. Social Security and Medicare are not included in the totals.
And I use the term "poverty" advisedly because:
Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, at the beginning of the War on Poverty, only about 12 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
Nearly three-quarters have a car or truck; 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television.
Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and a quarter have two or more.
Half have a personal computer; one in seven has two or more computers.
More than half of poor families with children have a video game system such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
Forty-three percent have Internet access.
Forty percent have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
A quarter have a digital video recorder system such as a TIVO.
Ninety-two percent of poor households have a microwave.
Is the assumption of power worth the assault on human nature? As an example, I point to the liberal proposed welfare program and what it has done to the black family, children, and work ethic.
And, unlike most liberals, I don't rely on loudly expressing my opinion. I proved links to references that support WHY I'm a conservative.