Feb 09, 2009
If All Republicans Were as Civic-Minded, Decent and Generous as You...
"If all Republicans were as civic-minded, decent and generous as you are, I'd vote for them. But since they're not, I'll stick with the wasteful Dems who do a lot of stupid things but also try to make sure everyone's covered."
I said this to my friend Christian just before the 1992 Clinton/Bush race.*
Today's headline in the Washington Post: If Spending Is Swift, Oversight May Suffer -- Plan's Pace Could Leave Billions Wasted reminded me of that conversation.
Do I still feel the same in 2009 as I did in 1992? Sadly, I do. At least in terms of my evaluation of the each party's approach to domestic policy. I hope the next four years will allow both parties to change and for my opinions to follow suit. But that's hope talking, not optimism.**
*Christian and I happened to be work colleagues and MBA classmates at the same time. One of our executive MBA classmates circulated a poll just before the election, and it came out something like: Clinton 41%, Bush 38%, Perot 19%, Mickey Mouse 2%. Christian said, "Crap -- if we can't win in this room, we don't have a chance." And he was right. Our room's tally was within one or two percentage points of the national count.
I had heard somewhere that conservatives give more to charities than liberals; lower income people more than higher income people; and religious people more than the non-religious. Here's an article that talks about this.
Of course, it doesn't say what the charities are. So who knows whose giving is really helping!
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Feb 12, 2009 11:23:56 AM