Makers and Takers

Makers and Takers

Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less-- and Even Hug Their Children More Than Liberals

Book - 2008
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In "Makers and Takers" you will discover why:
* Seventy-one percent of conservatives say you have an obligation to care for a seriously injured spouse or parent versus less than half (46 percent) of liberals.
* Conservatives have a better work ethic and are much less likely to call in sick than their liberal counterparts.
* Liberals are 21/2 times more likely to be resentful of others' success and 50 percent more likely to be jealous of other people's good luck.
* Liberals are 2 times more likely to say it is okay to cheat the government out of welfare money you don't deserve.
* Conservatives are more likely than liberals to hug their children and "significantly more likely" to display positive nurturing emotions.
* Liberals are less trusting of family members and much less likely to stay in touch with their parents.
* Do you get satisfaction from putting someone else's happiness ahead of your own? Fifty-five percent of conservatives said yes versus only 20 percent of liberals.
* Rush Limbaugh, Ronald Reagan, Bill O'Reilly and Dick Cheney have given large sums of money to people in need, while Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore, and Al Gore have not.
* Those who are "very liberal" are 3 times more likely than conservatives to throw things when they get angry.

The American left prides itself on being superior to conservatives: more generous, less materialistic, more tolerant, more intellectual, and more selfless. For years scholars have constructed--and the media has pushed--elaborate theories designed to demonstrate that conservatives suffer from a host of personality defects and character flaws. According to these supposedly unbiased studies, conservatives are mean-spirited, greedy, selfish malcontents with authoritarian tendencies. Far from the belief of a few cranks, prominent liberals from John Kenneth Galbraith to Hillary Clinton have succumbed to these prejudices. But what do the facts show?
Peter Schweizer has dug deep--through tax documents, scholarly data, primary opinion research surveys, and private records--and has discovered that these claims are a myth. Indeed, he shows that many of these claims actually apply more to liberals than conservatives. Much as he did in his bestseller "Do as I Say (Not as I Do)," he brings to light never-before-revealed facts that will upset conventional wisdom.
Conservatives such as Ronald Reagan and Robert Bork have long argued that liberal policies promote social decay. Schweizer, using the latest data and research, exposes how, in general:
* Liberals are more self-centered than conservatives.
* Conservatives are more generous and charitable than liberals.
* Liberals are more envious and less hardworking than conservatives.
* Conservatives value truth more than liberals, and are less prone to cheating and lying.
* Liberals are more angry than conservatives.
* Conservatives are actually more knowledgeable than liberals.
* Liberals are more dissatisfied and unhappy than conservatives.
Schweizer argues that the failure lies in modern liberal ideas, which foster a self-centered, "if it feels good do it" attitude that leads liberals to outsource their responsibilities to the government and focus instead on themselves and their own desires.

Published: New York : Doubleday, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385513500
038551350X
Branch Call Number: 320.5097 SCH
Characteristics: xi, 258 p. ;,22 cm.

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Dkknudson
Aug 08, 2017

The author is someone who thinks trump is a really good quality person & role model. That should tell you all you need to know about this book.

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lukasevansherman
May 02, 2017

OMG, this is one of the funniest books I have ever. . .Oh, wait, it's not satire? Damn. I think my favorite part of the ridiculous subtitle is "[conservatives] even hug their children more than liberals." It's enough to disagree with the politics of liberals, but their parenting is questioned to. I have no idea who Peter Schweizer is, but this is simply an inane book, dealing in broad stereotypes and sweeping generalizations, that will offend any thoughtful person, regardless of ideology. I'm more leftist than liberal, but it's hilarious that Bill Maher, Garrison Keillor, and Michael Moore are the liberals he trots out to make examples of. I really did try to look at a different political point of view, but this book is horse crap and Schweizer should be ashamed of himself. If you want another absurd book on the problems with liberals, try "Liberal Fascism."

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naturalist
Sep 24, 2015

the esteemed author:
“Who Funds Peter Schweizer's Government Accountability Institute?”
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/21/who-funds-peter-schweizers-government-accountab/203355
and . . .
“Clinton Smear Book Author's Past Revealed: He Was Ghostwriter for Jesse Helms – odd that Peter Schweizer's right-wing roots didn't give pause to the Times or Post.”
by Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet, May 19, 2015
http://www.alternet.org/media/clinton-smear-book-authors-past-revealed-he-was-ghostwriter-jesse-helms
“Peter Schweizer was formerly the William J. Casey Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.”
http://www.hoover.org/profiles/peter-schweizer
“Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Schweizer

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timesmith_0
Jul 26, 2014

Is this supposed to be Humor?

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peetawonkus
Jul 25, 2014

Any book that makes broad statements about people based on their real or imagined political affiliations is about as believable as the latest "Bigfoot is Real!" book.

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