I got to read this story and it struck a chord. I have been saying this for quite some time now. The Liberals just want to make equal everyone in everything to hell with the long range consequences. This story really tells it like it is:
Liberals Don’t Ask “What Happens Next?”
By Dennis Prager
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
In general, the Left does not ask the question, “What will happen
next?” when formulating social policy. Not thinking through the long-
range consequences of their positions is liberalism’s tragic flaw.
Take almost any position that distinguishes the Left:
Will higher taxes help the economy?
The major reason the Left advocates tax increases is not that these
tax increases will help the American economy. Higher taxes rarely
help the economy, and most liberals don’t even make that argument.
Their argument is about equality, the Left’s paramount value. The
animating factor for the Left is narrowing the gap between the rich
and poor. That is why so few on the Left have had moral problems
with Fidel Castro’s totalitarian regime — Cubans may not have
liberty, but almost all Cubans are equally poor. Likewise, that
explains left-wing support for Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez even as he
develops into a Castro-like dictator: He advocates economic
Is continued illegal immigration good for America or for Mexico?
Regarding illegal immigration, what most concerns the Left is not
the consequences of illegal immigration. It is compassion for the
illegal immigrant. Now, I happen share that concern — were I a poor
Mexican seeing no hope for me or my children in my corrupt homeland,
I, too, would try to enter America illegally. But it is not enough
to have compassion for the illegal immigrant; the responsible
citizen needs to consider the consequences of vast numbers of people
illegally entering his country. If America is increasingly unable to
sustain — economically, demographically, in terms of crime — the
great number of illegal immigrants, it is incumbent on all
responsible people to figure out how to stem the flow of illegal
immigrants. It is not even good for Mexico, because it enables that
country to avoid needed reforms. Any country that knows its poorest
citizens can go to another country from which they will also send
back billions of dollars is hardly being pressured into doing
anything about its poverty.
Is bilingual education good for immigrant children?
Here, too, compassion trumps effectiveness. The country that has
successfully assimilated the greatest percentage of immigrants is
Israel, and that country does not have bilingual education.
Immigrant children in its public schools are immersed in Hebrew,
despite the fact that Hebrew is far more difficult than English is
for most of its immigrants (especially those speaking Latin
languages). But it is not what works that matters for liberals
advocating bilingual education; it is their perception of compassion
Does affirmative action help black students?
The Left supports colleges changing admissions standards to enable
more African Americans, among other minorities, to enroll. Despite
all the evidence that such policies often hurt minority students —
they fail or drop out of college at greater rates than other
students; they are not prepared for the demands of a more elite
college; they feel they are seen as not having entered the college
on their own merits — liberals continue to support race-based
affirmative action. It may not help blacks, but they nevertheless
deserve it because of America’s racist past.
What would the Kyoto Protocols do to the American and world
As noted by the internationally respected Danish environmentalist
Professor Bjorn Lomborg, the economic price America would pay if it
abided by the Kyoto Protocols on carbon emissions would
catastrophically impact the American — and therefore world —
economy. Moreover, abiding by the Protocols would have a negligible
effect on carbon emissions and global warming. But the Left has
embraced global warming hysteria. And hysteria it is — according to
the latest UN report, for example, the potential ocean level
increase due to global warming is 1 foot, not the 20 feet of Al
Gore’s documentary on global warming and lower than the 1.5 feet
projected in the previous UN report.
Would withdrawal from Iraq increase or decrease human suffering?
Left-wing “peace activists” do not seem to concern themselves with
the question of what happens if their policies are enacted and
America leaves Iraq. But those of us who are concerned with this
question are certain that war and murder, torture and rape of the
innocent will increase. That is why “peace activist” is usually a
misnomer. They usually bring war, not peace.
Does nationalized health insurance work?
Press reports and formal studies about Canada’s and Britain’s health
care strongly suggest that those nationalized health care systems
provide increasingly poor care to their nations’ citizens. But for
those on the Left who want nationalized health insurance to come to
America, Sweden is the preferred model, as if a relatively tiny,
homogeneous, nearly all-middle-class country provides a more
effective model than Canada or the United Kingdom.
In the view of many liberals, “What happens next?” is a pragmatic,
but not idealistic, question by which to guide social policy. In
fact, however, no question is as idealistic as “What happens next?”
Asking it means that social policy is made by noble and
compassionate minds, not hearts alone. In the rest of life, thinking
through the consequences of actions is called “responsible”
and “mature.” Those remain worthy goals in public life as well.
Dennis Prager is a radio show host, contributing columnist for
Townhall.com, and author of 4 books including Happiness Is a Serious
Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual.
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