10 More Snarky Questions for Conservatives

socialismThe questions from incredulous socialists and progressives seem unending. The article 10 Questions To Ask Your Favorite Conservative poses another 10 economically illiterate queries. The fact that someone would actually post a list of such weak questions is pretty amazing. Here are my answers:

Question #1. Why is it that when people hoard things, they are a scourge on society and when they hoard money, they are job creators? In fact, aren’t the people that buy things the true job creators?

People who hoard money are a scourge on society. If you are merely speaking of people who are wealthy, then presumably you mean that they don’t want to give their money to the government, who will then waste it. That’s just common sense.

People who buy things are consumers. They are not paying anyone’s salary. They are simply paying for goods and services. Those who create companies, own farms, or run workshops and then hire others to help them produce goods and services are the ones creating jobs.

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Question #2. Both the 10 Commandments and the Seven Deadly Sins have no mention of being gay or having abortions. Greed, though, seems to be a biggie. Why do conservatives seem to get that backwards?

Note that this paragraph is not a statement of my personal beliefs, but rather a clarification of the Christian position: Leviticus 18:10 is the commandment against homosexuality (it failed to make the top ten), and the Apostle Paul condemned homosexuality in the New Testament (though Jesus did not). Most Christians believe abortion is covered by the commandment against murder, which is one of the 10.

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins, which is probably why conservatives are far more charitable than liberals.

Question #3. At what point did getting sick become a moral failing?

At what point did anyone ever say that it was? Conservatives want people to be responsible for themselves. If a good person is sick, they are happy to give them charity, but they don’t like the government taking their money at gunpoint (i.e. taxes).

Question #4. In what way are people who buy and sell paper making a more significant contribution to society than teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, artists, etc.?

They aren’t, unless they are helping others to produce things. Most conservatives are against big corporations and the central banks, but for rewarding those who put up capital to build new ventures.

Question #6. When did the right to unlimited profit become greater than the general welfare of the people?

People have the right to possessions, if they have earned them. They have agency, and should be responsible for their own welfare. If I have earned something, what right do you have to take it from me and give it to someone who hasn’t earned it?

Question #6. Why don’t people realize that there’s no such thing as a “self made man?” Even the most successful and ethical people can thank their parents, their teachers, their siblings, their employees, their customers, the government, their contractors, etc. Without them, they would be nothing. The unethical might want to work on their apologies.

This is bullshit. While we don’t all start from an equal point, the most successful people do things that others with the same advantages don’t. They are visionary, driven, and hard working. Anyone who thinks that most people who succeed in business are merely lucky is a fool.

Question #7. Why is physical labor less important than sitting behind a desk?

It isn’t less important, but it is often less valuable. People who run businesses enable more production (i.e. create more value) than one individual can. That’s why my CEO earns more than I do, even though I write more lines of code than he does. It’s fair.

Question #8. Why should people who inherit their money not pay taxes and people who earn their money be taxed at the highest rate?

Taxes have already been paid on the money my parents earned. Why should further taxes be paid on it? If they give me a gift of after tax money, I don’t pay tax on it. The government wastes our tax money. We should have fewer taxes, not more.

Question #9. At what point did we start judging people based on the size of their checkbook rather than the size of the heart?

As I said in my answer to question #2, conservatives are more charitable than liberals. The size of one’s heart is measured by giving to charity, not by giving power to the state to tax others.

Question #10. How has being a conservative helped you?

I have always believed that the government wastes our money, giving me a bias for small government. Being open to conservative ideas has helped me to see the flaws in progressive liberalism and socialism, which seem like good ideas at first glance but can lead to terrible systematic problems such as people being trapped in welfare and failed communist states where millions die.

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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