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Depending on Dependency

Thomas878 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 8:18 AM
Swing and a miss, chum. "Blue" states are simply more populous than "red" states, by and large. New York, Illinois, New Jersey, California and so on. Thus more funds per capita are spent on the states with smaller populations, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the political winds. As for dependence on free lunches (showing you actually believe there is such a thing), only the very poor need that subsidy. Medicare and Social Security are not, contrary to what is widely said, entitlements. We pay a premium for Medicare and contribute all our lives into SS. BTW, Sowell has never advanced a platitude in his entire career.

The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another -- and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless.

All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.

Yet the notion that people who prefer economic decisions to be made by individuals in the market are not as compassionate as people who prefer those decisions to be made collectively by politicians is...