Democrats and liberals (or Progressives - as they revamped themselves) are always busy talking about taking care of the poor. The constantly slam the Republicans for
having no pity on the needy and criticize their legislation as "bills favoring the wealthy."
Most recently, the Republicans were berated for pushing "tax cuts for the wealthy" and "having no pity on the unemployed." Even here in the Coffee Room, many liberals try to perceive the conservatives' stance as opposing the Torah's view of having mercy on the poor. Although, as I stated in another thread, the Torah doesn't tax anyone for the sake of charity, neither does it "spread the wealth" to those that lobby best, those liberals maintain that it's in sync with the liberal view of semi-socialism. Thus, the liberals believe that caring for the needy shouldn't be done by giving rather taxing.
There's a famous anecdote that highlights the difference between a Republican and a Democrat: Two Congressmen were walking the streets of Washington D.C. The two colleagues, a Republican and a Democrat, were discussing a recent bill introduced in Congress. The bill would further spread the wealth and raise taxes to cover the additional transfer payments that was included therein. As the Democrat scolded the Republican for
having no remorse on the poor, a common begger passed thereby asking for a donation. The Republican put his hand in his pocket, took a ten dollar bill and handed it to the pauper. The begger then looked at the Democrat with pleading eyes as the Democrat put his hand into the Republican's pocket, pulled out a fifty dollar bill and handed it to the pauper. The man thanked the Democrat for being so generous as he went off to buy some food.
Ann Coulter sums up the Democrats' generosity quite well.
Bottom line: In a liberal society, the poor and impoverished need "taxing the rich" to survive. The Republican way is democracy and freedom, while placing an emphasis on charity.