Comments: Proud To Be A Liberal

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."

- John Stuart Mill

Posted by Hal at March 6, 2005 05:02 PM


Posted by Anne at March 7, 2005 10:59 AM

Lovely. Thanks.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at March 7, 2005 01:32 PM

Thank you.

Posted by Anne at March 8, 2005 06:58 AM

Wow- how did things ever get done when conservatives were around?

Hmm.. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

You mean the Glass-Steagall Act(s)..yes, Senator Glass, Democrat from VA, who was one of the most influential members of the (virginia constitutional) convention, which imposed a poll tax and a literacy test in order to disenfranchise African I think the author meant "racist", not godless.

Hmm..Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Well, Fannie-Mae is in the business of creating a secondary national market for perhaps the author meant about expanding home ownership..of course, although established in 1938, FM as a creator of a secondary market for mortgages didn't occur until after legislation in 1970 signed by (gasp) Richard Nixon...which is about the same time (1972) that the govt created Sallie Mae and shortly after Nixon signed the 1970 Clean Air Act (what was Nixon thinking?)

Not sure why Joe is so critical of the government - odds are he is public sector -

In 2004, workers in the public sector had a union membership rate more
than four times that of private-sector employees. At 36.4 percent, the
unionization rate for government workers was down slightly from 37.2 percent a year earlier. The rate for private industry workers, at 7.9
percent in 2004, was about half what it had been in 1983

and where he lives

The largest numbers of union members lived in California (2.4 million) and New York (2.0 million). About half (7.8 million) of the 15.5 million union members in the U.S. lived in six states (California, New York, Michigan,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio), although these states accounted for just over one-third of wage and salary employment nationally

Ok- just can't let you think about it without tossing in a thought grenade..I'm sure there is some Republican writing the same about Jane Liberal..or writing how some liberal taxed everything Joe Republican did during his day..

I have never understood why this should be a criticism of the media, anymore than it makes sense that this is a negative trait of academe; if the people who are best educated and most aware of what is going on are more liberal, maybe that's because you have to be ignorant to swallow conservatism..

Well, as one who has been in academe and has multiple entries in that education box in the resume, I still don't assume having all those degrees equals "best educated" or means "most aware of what is going on'....

Posted by Col Steve at March 9, 2005 01:22 AM