This is interesting to read. When I was an idiot in my mid-20s, I claimed to be libertarian. I remember the revulsion I had to the notion of helping others in an indirect way. The idea of my money going to help someone who made poor choices really upset me. As I grew and matured, I realized that places that have greater social programs seemed to run better and have happier people. The thing is, is that I still don’t *want* to pay for these things, and I bet few others do as well. As a Californian, I don’t necessarily like my tax dollars going to poor trailer people in Alabama, but I grasp why it’s best that we help them.
Understandable, but many tax payers don't like their tax dollars going to -
Police (but we need them)
City Maintenance repairs (shutting down lanes creating traffic jams, etc
Arts & Humanties - a lot of people are not fans of the arts & culture
Defense Dept. - alot of people hate the droning of people military, innocents (collateral damage) but we like protecting the American way of life.
Hospitals, airports, etc..
All us need one or more of the above, so picking and choosing where we want our tax dollars spent can not be quantized..but they can be 'made accounted for' and that's where your statement ties into politics.
There is a great conversation starting but it is off topic.
Can we discuss why this occupant of the White House is above the law but Clinton was not for getting a BJ? Why working with foreign governments is something that should not be investigated but a stained dress is grounds for removal?
SL2000MK was stating his change of perspective of things based on my pointing out (extender) the lack of humanity and empathy in conservatives thus their explanation for supporting a lawless, lying, immoral leader.
One's politics is rooted in how and where they see themselves in society.
And I really wish we could distinguish the 'heartless' from those who realize that we are on this planet together and it takes a 'we or an us' in order for the planet/humanity to survive, endure and prosper.
The heartless, non-empathetic are more aligned with human misery and destruction.
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson