Compare and contrast

25 Oct

Having had a recent, momentary flashback to my dreaded high school days, I could not help but recall those annoying  “compare and contrast” essay questions that always seemed to pop up in a history or government test. You know the type. Compare and contrast the American Revolution and the Russian Revolution or compare and contrast the Tea Party and Coffee Talk on Saturday Night Live (just kidding with that one). But maybe my high school teachers were actually smarter than I gave them credit for and maybe, just maybe, the D’Oh man learned something in spite of himself.

Let’s apply this useful technique and put liberal vs. conservative politics into perspective. I compare and contrast and you decide.

Liberals: Higher taxes 

Conservatives: Lower taxes and tax simplification

Liberals: The welfare state

Conservatives: The Ryan Plan

Liberals:  Social security

Conservatives: IRAs, 401Ks, personal accounts

Liberals:  Obamacare

Conservatives: Market competition, health savings accounts, buy insurance across state lines

Liberals: Lead from behind

Conservatives: Lead the free world

Liberals: Subsidize failure, bailout private businesses 

Conservatives: Free market economics

Liberals: Teachers unions and public employee unions strike and disrupt public business

Conservatives: Public employees work for us and are paid by us.

Liberals: Bureacratically run public schools

Conservatives: School choice

Liberals: Nancy Pelosi

Conservatives: Newt Gingrich

Liberals: Joe Biden

Conservatives: Dick Cheney

Liberals: Barack Obama

Conservatives: Ronald Reagan

Is that enough contrast for you?


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in politics


2 responses to “Compare and contrast

  1. Citizen Tom

    October 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Shhhhh! You might hurt their feelings.

  2. P. Henry Saddleburr

    October 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Go to the head of the class.

    May I play?

    Conservative: Foster a country that provides opportunties to individuals.

    Liberal: Level the playing field by confiscating property from achievers. And we’ll get back to the rabble about how those funds are to be disbursed. Hit us next Tuesday about that, OK? Cuz we’ll be out of office.


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