Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LIberals Think Logic is for Meanies

I can remember many years back when at some kind of televised town meeting about the Chrysler bailout, a woman got up and said:

"I don't think the taxpayers should have to pay for a bailout. The government should pay for it."

And this was a person concerned enough to actually attend. Evidently, she thought the government had something like Uncle Scrooge's money bin, and that government spending and taxes were somehow not related.

Well, regular people are clueless enough, but when you get to the liberals or progressives or whatever the current trendy word is, they are firm advocates of whatever sounds cool, and give zero thought to the inevitable consequences of these cool ideas. Whatever flaws conservatives may have — real conservative, not neocons — they at least have a grasp of cause and effect, and know that good intentions mean very little in contrast to actual results.

For more entertaining liberal ditziness, click on this:

Progressives in Austin shocked they have to pay for programs they voted for

Also, some commentary here:

And Vox Day has seen the same story, and his commentary is certainly worth reblogging:

The challenge of cause-and-effect

This plaintive protest, in a nutshell, explains why there can never be any significant mixing of various population sub-groups that will be successful over time. Not without the rule of a militarized aristocracy at a bare minimum, and a strictly limited voting franchise at best.
“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”
Now, this is a woman who cannot grasp the connection between her votes for "anything that will make this city better" and the consequent increase in her property tax bill. How can one reasonably argue that she should be permitted to vote? She is literally non compos mentis with regards to basic politics.

And she is high-functioning in comparison to millions of other voters! If nothing else, she has managed to provide for herself and pay her mortgage for 23 years. That puts her ahead of tens of millions of people.

The worst thing is the probable consequences of her selling her house. She'll move somewhere less expensive, and then promptly resume voting for the very things that forced her to move there. Because she does not understand cause and effect.
Quibcag: Here we have Hinagiku Katsura (桂 ヒナギク Katsura Hinagiku) from Hayate the Combat Butler (ハヤテのごとく!, Hayate no Gotoku!).

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