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From: Sally (71.126.183.232)
Subject:         Re: Sally, don't run away. Questions on Rush Limbaugh, Integrity and Freedom
Date: August 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm PST

In Reply to: Sally, don't run away. Questions on Rush Limbaugh, Integrity and Freedom posted by Jaq on August 9, 2010 at 6:54 am:

RL's personal issues are certainly a big weakness for him. I can't say I am a big fan of anyone with 4 marriages under their belt. He isn't a pillar of compassion, but he isn't a preacher, he is a political commentator and primarily an entertainer. (Whether or not a person is "entertained" by him is up to the listener!)

But, RL and I are conservatives. As for the basic difference between liberal and conservative philosophy, it seems to me that both sides truly do want to help the weaker segments of our society, but we have different ideas of how to accomplish that. As a conservative, I think we need to encourage people to be as independent and self-sufficient as possible. People get their sense of self worth by the work they do and the things they accomplish. If we keep just giving things to people, they lose motivation to work, and they end up feeling defeated and worthless. So, in my thinking, it is more compassionate to expect people to work than to merely help them exist.

I am a Christian, and I believe God gave us work to do so we will learn more about Him and more about how to treat others.

As for the pursuit of massive amount of money - I don't think that is a "holy" pursuit at all. But, many people in this country are not Christian, and if they want to work their rear-ends off to store up a lot of money, then I don't see why the government has the right to take excessive amounts from them. I also think that if you keep taking the money away from the wealthy people, it ultimately hurts the lower wealth people, too. When the wealthy spend their money, say on a yacht or a huge catered event, then they end up helping all the people at Yacht's-R-Us keep their jobs, or the catering businesses are able to stay open. Then THOSE people can go out shopping and buy what they want, which helps the stores... etc...

But, when the federal government takes the money from the wealthy, it just seems to evaporate. I would much prefer to see social programs run on a more local level. I have lived in various parts of this country (MD, OH, AL, NM, UT) and the needs of the people in the southwest are greatly different from the needs of the people around DC. Trying to run massive programs on a federal level just ends up being very wasteful.

As to your question:
why the scorn of the wealthy towards those less "lucky or fortunate" is a positive value trait?

I don't quite understand why you think the wealthy "scorn" those less fortunate. Life is not equal or fair. It never has been, and it never will be. God has given people different abilities. Some will be able to be "successful" (by human standards) and therefore lead a more comfortable life. Others will work hard and have difficulties. Still others will take advantage of every "entitlement" out there, whether they are able to work for themselves or not. I will again go back to my statement that trying to run social programs for our huge country on a federal level is wasteful.

Where is the freedom to survive without being exploited in this country?
Which groups are being exploited? We don't have issues with child labor (kids can't even find a job when they want one). Yes, people get discriminated against for various reasons - but not everywhere. If you don't get a job because of race or sex, keep looking. If it keeps happening over and over, perhaps that person needs to look at their own attitude. It seems like people are looking for a fight. They would rather take the time and energy to sue a company for discrimination than to just say "screw you" and move on to another job (which may require physically moving to another city.)

Life is hard.

Sorry my answer is so long. I'm tired of typing.


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