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They ring especially hollow at tax preparation time.
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Of course, for liberals compulsion is a good thing. It’s been said that a liberal doesn’t care what you do so long as it’s compulsory.
In some instances liberals do believe in the effectiveness of individual, voluntary action. I’ve had conversations with Prius owners who admit that whether or not they drive a hybrid will make not the slightest difference in regard to climate change. They will say things such as, “Well, we can’t just do nothing,” or, “We have to start somewhere.” They say it’s important to set an example. Of course, the Prius’s distinctive shape assures that everyone will recognize that they’re setting an example and helps spread the guilt contagion.
Conservatives have no reason to feel conflicted about paying the absolute minimum tax required. Conservatives think almost everyone’s taxes are too high including millionaires’ and billionaires’. There’s no conflict between their policy views and their personal behavior. They have no reason to feel guilty. They think the government already gets too much of our money and does more harm than good with what it already has. On April 15, when I send my checks to the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board, you can bet I will be sending the legal minimums. And my conscience will be clear.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?