Social conflict is often created by differences in perspective. People see and understand a problem from a single vantage point. When two very different viewpoints and equally limited abilities to see the opposing view collide, sparks fly. This is certainly true in politics. Here are some typical comments by conservatives. We don't need a government that tells us what to do. Government is "too big" and spends too much. Any government involvement in health care is "socialized medicine." Health care insurance is an individual choice. Taxation is just a means to redistribute the wealth. The poor just want to take more and more from the rich. People need to take care of themselves instead of expecting government to take care of them. Here are some typical comments by liberals. We need to increase taxes so government can address this specific social problem. We need more regulations to prevent this abuse. We need to increase the opportunity for people and give everyone equal access. We need to have universal health care so every American can get medical help when they need it. We need to make education affordable or free to all.
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