In this thread, the question is brought up of what differentiates the conservative or liberal worldview. The OP is somewhat confrontational, and, because of this, at least one interesting hypothetical was ignored.
I thought I’d approach it this way:
A single adult is living in a cardboard box on a sidewalk grate in an American city, caring for their 2 children. They have no address, no money, no food.
How should we deal with their plight?
As a way of framing this debate, I’d like you to keep these guidelines in mind.
While this would be one family, whose problems may easily be dealt with in this case alone, we must deal with the likelyhood that there could be tens or hundreds of similar cases in whatever city this is, or thousands in that state, or hundreds of thousands in the country. If your solution is scalable, show how. If not, try to account for how to deal with these various scales.
I have left out a great many details on purpose. If you feel compelled to ask questions (“Is it a man or a woman?” “Is the other parent contactible?” “Do they have family or friends in the area?”), don’t ask them. If you think the solution is dependent upon the answer to the question, please provide your idea of a solution for either scenario.
I have not mentioned WHY this family is in this situation. I will assume a generic: “They have not found an accessible employer, willing to pay the adult a wage that keeps them from starving in the street, for the adult’s use of skills they possess, in working conditions the adult is able or willing to endure”. Again, if you feel the need for specifics, such as whether or not the adult is disabled or addicted to something, provide your best solution for all “values” of that variable you can think of.
Although the case is generic, please feel free to include real-life solutions. If you can say “Well, in Chicago we would have this available to them…” please describe the solution, and suggest a solution for if the person is not in Chicago.
Keep in mind that this family, and any others like them, are already a burden on the system. They go to the emergency room when sick, and the cost is passed on to the patients who can pay. Poverty often leads to crime, and should this family succumb, along with the many others like them, the system will bear the burden of increased police and prison expenditures, or suffer the consequences of not paying them. So what we’re really discussing here is:
“What burdens need to be borne to solve this situation, who should bear them, and why should they be asked or required to?”**
It is my hope that we will get a wider range of responses this way, rather than trying to defend right-wing or left-wing ideology as a whole. Just present your thoughts on how the system ought to deal with this problem, and at what level, and be prepared to back it up as best you can against challenges.