We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What divides liberals and conservatives is not roads and bridges but Julia’s world, an Obama campaign creation that may be the most self-revealing parody of liberalism ever conceived. It’s a series of cartoon illustrations in which a fictional Julia is swaddled and subsidized throughout her life by an all- giving government of bottomless pockets and “Queen for a Day” magnanimity. At every stage, the state is there to provide — preschool classes and cut-rate college loans, birth control and maternity care, business loans and retirement. The only time she’s on her own is at her grave site.
Zachriel ... I must take issue with you on your statement that "the Vast majority of Democrats support a market economy." The problem is, they don't, if California and Gov. Moonbeam are any example.
Would you please give me some statistics about the "vast majority" of Democrats who support a market economy.
This international survey doesn't break it down by party, but in the U.S., only about 11% think that free market capitalism is fatally flawed, which is much less than the share of the electorate that is in the Democratic Party. Other polls have similar results.
The most developed economies in the world have strong public sectors as well as robust markets.
More and more, the economic policies of the Obama administration are coming to bear close similarities to those of Nazi Germany and its mixed market economy of the mid 1930s and early war years, apart from the military component. To say that the majority of Liberals in this country favor a "market economy" of sorts offers no reassurance as to the extent of their support for the individual economic freedom on which our nation was founded.
The Federal Government
Republicans/Leaners 27% positive
A slight majority of Democrats have a positive view of Socialism. Nearly half of Democrats have a negative view of Capitalism. A large majority of Democrats- two thirds- have a positive view of the Feds.
Sounds to me like the Demos like Social Democracy.
Perhaps another view of Democrats is that their views are somewhat schizophrenic. Look at the difference between percentages who like Capitalism and percentages like Socialism. For Pubs, the difference is 70%-17%: 55%. Consistent.Whereas for the Demos, the difference is 53-53=0. Sounds as if the Demos can't make up their minds what to like. Or, there are deep divisions among the Demos.
Jeckyl, meet Hyde.
Agent Cooper: More and more, the economic policies of the Obama administration are coming to bear close similarities to those of Nazi Germany and its mixed market economy of the mid 1930s and early war years, apart from the military component.
Hitler was a vegetarian. Some Democrats are vegetarians!
Gringo: Whereas for the Demos, the difference is 53-53=0.
It's not that difficult. The most developed economies in the world have strong public sectors as well as robust markets.
Gringo: Nearly half of Democrats have a negative view of Capitalism.
But a strong view of free enterprise, which is closer to the original question. People often confuse capitalism and free enterprise. While the latter requires capital, the former is not necessarily free.