...fire truck to *save* your burning house.
It's funny, sure. But it's also indicative of how much of conservativism centres around victim-blaming. Circumstances don't matter. Life events don't matter. If something bad happens to you, it's your own damn fault, and screw you for making good hardworking merkins pay for a fire truck to burning house. A responsible person would have let it burn to the ground, because that's what they deserved, and then pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
Isn't "piss, urine, shit and feces" redundant?
If whoever-she-was is reading this, I'd just like to register my agreement with Doyle, re: Sarah Palin.
EVERYBODY is fiscally conservative and socially liberal!... do you like people suffering?
The thing is, if certain groups are "othered" enough, then people don't relate to their suffering, and become indifferent to it, or even get a sense of satisfaction from it.
It's not necessarily a progressiv/conservative difference. I'm sure you could find many dickwad "fauxgressives" who react gleefully to news of personal misfortune befalling political opponents and red-state voters. But such an attitude is against the spirit of progressivism; and I don't think the same can be said for conservativism.
To clarify: I don't see what religion or race have to do with it. That shouldn't effect people's basic needs. As I said, it would only matter if opponents started framing it as, "the government is sending all your tax dollars to these other people!" Racial diversity is not the problem; racism is.
Geography is one thing that is a problem. More money would have to be spent on making services available to people in less populated areas.
Re: community service draft
In Ontario, you have to do 40 hours of community service to graduate from highschool. I don't know how well it works. There's some kids who are motivated and want to help the community, or want to build their CVs, and would have done that type of thing anyways. There's some kids who find a position where their supervisor will sign their forms without making them work the full 40 hours.
My law school has also started a 40 hour public interest requirement, but it's new, so I don't know what the impact is yet.
They're "one class" because of the level of taxing and entitlement benefits. That's kind of a chicken-egg thing. There are people of colour in Scandanavian countries, and I'm sure there is a good amount of racism too. The difference is that they don't have the "black welfare queen" myth; social spending isn't framed as a racial issue like it is in the USA.
While I certainly understand where you're coming from, I find it odd that after millenia of religions being being highly political institutions (the Pope having been a feudal ruler with command of an army), we expect them to suddenly wash their hands of politics altogether. It would be nice, but religion and politics were never exclusive of one another.
Thank you! <3