Right to the point and one of the big differences between Democrat and Republican outlook.
I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl, and she said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"
She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."
"Wow - what a worthy goal!" I told her. "You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll
pay you $50. Then, I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food or a new house."
She thought that over for a few moments because she's only 6 years old. And while her Mom glared at me, the young child looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"
And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party." Her folks still aren't talking to me.
I shot back. "But, what if the homeless guy has no arms? Welcome back to the Democratic Party." Another friend supposed he might have a mental deficiency that kept him from being able to work.
This little joke/story brings up some interesting points about Liberals and Conservatives. Liberals tend to look at the systems or the circumstances surrounding a person's inability to thrive. The question we have is "What happened to him to put him in that situation?" We tend to want to fix problems by fixing social systems. Conservatives tend to look at personal responsibility. The question they have is "What did the guy do to get himself into that situation?". Of course, neither of these approaches works on its own. Fix the systems as much as you want, if people don't take personal responsibility they'll still flounder and society will be the worse for it. OTOH, the old "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" philosophy doesn't work if you don't have any bootstraps. In the case of our story, Catherine assumed the homeless man was able bodied and mentally capable of work, work was available and he simply chose not to work. I assumed that the man was somehow disabled and/or work was not available. I'd have no problem with bringing the man over to the house, giving him some work that he could do (to help him keep his dignity) and then paying him for the work.