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From: Sally (
Subject:         I agree with you on many of your statements
Date: August 18, 2010 at 8:25 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Questions... Hmmmmm ..... I have a few myself. posted by Jaq on August 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm:

Alec Baldwin is really a disgrace to the human race. I'm not a big TV watcher either. People look at me like I sprouted a second head when I tell them we use an antenna...

I also agree that the American culture is waaay too materialist and focused on wealth in general. But, if people want to chase after money and power, in my mind, they should be free to do it.

Examples of wealth exercising conservative values. If you are looking for them supporting social conservative values, I guess you would have to look at their donations to churches and other humanitarian charities. I don't have any specifics on that because those are personal decisions that don't tend to be broadcasted.

As for non-social issues, I found a site that expressed my thoughts pretty well. I think the wealthy conservatives would agree with it as well. Here are a few questions and answers from the site. (The link is at the bottom.)

What do conservatives believe? As a general rule, conservatives favor a smaller, weaker, Federal government, less taxes, free trade, a strong defense, and a color blind society.

Why do conservatives always seem to favor tax-cuts for the wealthy?: Most people on the right are against a graduated income tax. Put another way, conservatives favor things like flat taxes or national sales taxes over our current tax system because they believe a "rising tide lifts all boats". A flat tax or sales tax would encourage everyone to make as much money as possible, which would help grow the economy, whereas a graduated tax punishes high achievers for their success, and lessens economic growth overall.

Why do Conservatives favor the rich so much? I think it would be more accurate to say that conservatives, unlike liberals, are not hostile to the rich. Conservatives don't begrudge the wealthy the money they make, think the affluent must have cheated somebody to get rich, or believe that society should "punish" people for success.

Why do conservatives hate the environment?: Unfortunately, most environmental activists today tend to be radical luddites for whom economic considerations are practically irrelevant. We're talking about people who try to stop almost every new power plant from being built, who oppose drilling a desolate Alaska wasteland laden with oil because they fear it might upset the caribou in the region..
Conservatives want clean water, clean air, and a clean planet as much as the average person. However, unlike radical environmentalists, we're not purists. Conservatives have a sense of proportion, and we're not willing to drive America's standard of living back 50 years for some unnoticeable environmental gain. So in effect, conservatives are pro-environment, we're just moderates about it compared to the zealots in the environmentalism movement.

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