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
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?