Meme stolen from daisy, read it and cry or run screaming or not be surprised or whatever :)

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Personal
how liberal or conservative are you quiz:


You Are 55% Conservative, 45% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Take it yerself here
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Comments
  1. dead_vladimir says:

    LBJ just rolled over in his grave you heartless woman!

  2. kingschwarz says:

    Hmmm, I got the same score, though I arrived at it a bit differently:

    55% Conservative, 45% Liberal

    Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

    Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

    Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    As with all polls, some of the questions are misleading or problematic in other ways. Here are some examples:

    2. Immigration policies
    Should be less strict. Immigrants enhance this country.
    Should be more strict. Too many people enter illegally.

    I would answer a third way: immigration needs to be reformed so there is a clear path to work permitting (in most cases) and citizenship (in others). Making legal immigration more straightforward should be accompanied by a crackdown on illegal immigration. As it is, many have illegal or questionable status because INS is a nightmare bureaucracy. If it were reformed, illegal immigration would be far less defensible.

    3. Public education could be improved by
    Revoking No Child Left Behind
    Having a voucher system

    I believe both are true. Pretty much everyone from Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, on down understands that the No Child Left Behind legislation needs serious adjustments. Which is not to say that its ultimate goal – the implementation of performance standards and accountability for public education – is outmoded, only that some provisions in the legislation actually impede that goal. Vouchers are a separate issue. I like them. We essentially have a voucher system in higher ed, where you can use your Pell Grant in any accredited college or university you choose. I have seen no evidence that this has negatively impacted public post-secondary education.

    11. It’s more important for our country
    Reduce the deficit and national debt
    To help the poor and helpless

    Again, both are true. The assumption underlying the question is that the only or primary way to help the poor and helpless is via expensive federal programs that will increase the budget deficit. Actually a lot of research shows that big centralized antipoverty programs are far less effective than small community-based ones operated out of the nonprofit and faith sectors. Effectiveness as measured by both costs and outcomes.

    12. The Fed should be more concerned with
    Controlling unemployment
    Controlling inflation

    This is a misleading question. It should read: “do you think our national economic policy should be concerned with…” The Fed is chartered for limited if important functions including direct responsibility for money supply, which directly impacts inflation. Unemployment is not directly addressed by monetary policy, the Fed’s purview, but by fiscal policy, which engages a different set of institutional players. So the technically correct answer to the question has to be B) The Fed should be more concerned with controlling inflation, but that does not mean that the other players who shape our national economic policy should not be more concerned with A) unemployment.

    Sorry to be so lengthy, but I find this all quite interesting.

    • kingschwarz says:

      Oh no, I think I have blown my cover as a former legislative aide in the US Senate. But that was many decades ago, and I swear I have reformed.

    • Ren says:

      yeah, a lot of the questions were…not great.

      • kingschwarz says:

        Well anyway, welcome to the 55% Club. Club rules: firearms are welcome, and you can marry anyone you choose (though siblings or parents are discouraged). Cocktails, beer and wine are available, and you can smoke whatever you like but not around Aunt Leah who has emphysema, and don’t set the drapes on fire. If you go deeply into debt playing pinochle or investing in junk bonds, do not expect us to bail you out. We’ll try to get you a decent job, see that you have food, shelter and medical treatment and give your kids access to a good education. But you have to do your part too. We do not invade neighboring clubs and dictate to them how they should govern themselves. We would like to make friends. But if they invade us – look out – we know how to defend ourselves. That’s about it. Oh yeah – and no dress code. But if you are sagging your trousers and we can see your Fred Flintstone undershorts, expect some jokes coming your way.

  3. My 10% conservative, 90% liberal tolerant self says — everyone is entitled to their opinion! 😀

    You Death Penalty zealots you! After this Casey Anthony trial, I may join yall. (The mind boggles.)

    And my daughter is ready to load the needle and stick it in herself, LOL…

    • kingschwarz says:

      Not me! I chose against the death penalty. Although I think it may be appropriate in a very few “select cases,” I do not trust the judicial process to identify those cases. Poor people, the mentally ill and minorities tend to get the death penalty, while the equally or more heinous with good legal representation do not.

  4. Roy Kay says:

    Took it, but it totally lacks nuance though.

    Also, “Liberal” and “Conservative” are moving targets. The best book on Conservatism is “The Conservative Mind” by Russell Kirk following the movements from The Enlightenment to the 50s, when it was written. It convinced me that I am definitely NOT a Conservative. I’m more in the Liberal stream of thought which has most morphed into modern Libertarianism. Modern “Liberalism”, with it’s love of micromanagement would be better described at “Apparatchikism”

  5. rootietoot says:

    Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

    Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

    Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

    No surprises there, really.

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