I had a conversation with wealthy family friend over thanksgiving break. He was telling me the story of how he was basically GIVEN a functioning and profitable business at the age of 23. Long story short the owner was retiring and so he simply offered the business to his employee. Now this friend happens to be a strict fiscal conservative, he believes in the free market no government handouts etc. Yet he was given an opportunity that 99.99% of people will never encounter. And still he believes that he is a self made man and everything he has "he has earned" We'll I'm not saying he didn't work hard or that he doesn't deserve any of his wealth. I simply take exception to his misguided belief that he is a "self made man" and thus he shouldn't be expected to help pay for people less fortunate than himself (food stamps, welfare, etc.) I wonder if this is one of the fundamental differences between liberals and and conservatives. Conservatives look at all they have and think look at all that I have "earned". While social liberals look at everything they have an think "how lucky I have been". Now I'm not saying luck is all it takes to be wealthy and successful, but it is a much larger part of the equation than many conservatives are willing to admit. For example: -I am lucky that I was born fairly intelligent -I am lucky that I was born with two loving parents -I am lucky that those parents are wealthy enough to help me through college so I can get a well paying job someday. All of these factors were/are totally out of my control and yet they are instrumental to the person I am today. So when my taxes go to help people who didn't have those same advantages I never feel the need to complain that "all my earnings are mine" and "taxes are stealing". While conservatives look at their taxes and proclaim "why should I pay for this, no one ever helped me. Heres a great example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NWPcxT0jdE (3:30-4:00) is the most noteworthy part. "There but for the grace of god go I" Our nation might be better off if more of our citizens took that idiom to heart.