I had seen an ad for this book and couldn’t wait to read it, and my hopes were met: It was a fun read. The book is written for kids and describes a dream two young boys have about liberals who tax, regulate and finally take control of their lemonade stand.[ADBLOCKHERE]The caricatures of the liberals were exaggerated. They taxed the boys at 50%, bought dustpans for the shoeless children instead of shoes, forced the boys to give broccoli with their lemonade, put up a picture of a big toe instead of Jesus, and reduce the sugar in the lemonade to protect children’s teeth.
The conservative boys’ actions were also exaggerated. They prayed every night, saved money for shoeless children, hung up a picture of Jesus, and were earning the money themselves for what they wanted.
This book gives you an opportunity to discuss several issues that are important and are very different for liberals and conservatives. Each difference is highlighted making it easy to discuss these topics with your kids.
|Public Faith||You should be able to freely express your faith in public.||Faith is private and you should not display it overtly in public.|
|Taxation||Low taxes to encourage entrepreneurship||Tax everyone including small businesses.|
|Charity/Helping Disadvantaged||The individual has the responsibility to help others.||The government should take care of everyone.|
|Self Reliance||Work hard and earn money for what you want.||Don’t work hard, the government will provide for you.|
|Personal Responsibility||Make your own choices. You are responsible for the consequences.||The government should regulate businesses to protect people from themselves.|
Everyone should debate the topics and decide which is right. I am sure the debate about this will be different as well depending where you fall in the political spectrum. There are no absolutes in politics. There are absolutes in life however.
Both of my kids read the book and thought it was very funny. We have had several discussions about what being liberal and conservative means. It was a good discussion. It will be a good lesson for your kids as well.
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