And of course the majority of progressive-liberal policies simply haven't worked. The idea that handouts help the poor, very popular with the Obama administration, despite a half century-long war on poverty that's yielded no results. Or the concept that public schools just need more money, despite some of the most well funded, and worst performing schools, right in the very bastions of liberalism.
Conservatism in D.C. and our southern states isn't the cause of the extreme poverty, terribly performing public schools, or budgetary and fiscal woes found in the heart of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Not to say there isn't poverty in Republican states, but if liberal policies worked, then poverty would only exist in red states, meanwhile blue states wouldn't be facing the financial and educational issues now confronting them either. Would the educated statists have us believe that somehow George Bush is to blame for the lifestyle or quality of public school education for residents in New York or Los Angeles' worst neighborhoods, despite decades-long liberal Democrat control (Anthony Wiener and Charlie Rangel to wit)?
The truly educated rely on facts and logic, and I believe most tenets of conservatism are likewise based on facts and logic. However, often progressive-liberal positions are plainly based on deceit.
The notion that the rich don't pay their fair share is commonly touted by the liberal left as if the science is settled. Yet the fact is that nearly half of America's working populace pay no federal income taxes at all; and it's not the rich half. Yes, lower income Americans may pay other taxes; so too, do the rich, along with punitive federal, capital gains and estate taxes as well. On top of this, the very term rich, and millionaires and billionaires, refers to people making $250k or more a year (less if they are single). All of this is so out rightly deceitful, and yet despite the fact that the richest 1 percent of Americans pays nearly 40 percent of federal income taxes collected (a share that's grown considerably over recent decades), teenagers squatting in the parks are screaming that rich people pay less taxes than the secretaries they employ.