How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us)
Author:Mona Charen
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Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
December 2004

Bestselling author and columnist Mona Charen now offers a comprehensive look at the harm that liberal do-gooders have wrought on those they're trying to help - and those of us footing the huge bill for their "bit-heartedness." She shines the spotlight of truth on the nation's best-known - and most dangerous - do-gooders.

Publishers Weekly
>From its provocative title, to its headshots of liberals that conservatives love to hate (Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Rosie O'Donnell), Charen signals right away that she will make no attempt to bridge a widening divide. She does make an attempt to add some empirical weight to the usual vitriol of liberal bashing, however. This polemic includes over 20 pages of footnotes to back up its various claims and offers a partial bibliography for those wanting to read more written by those who share Charen's political leanings. But even with the citations, Charen's argument (over six chapters) is simple in every sense: everything that has gone bad in American society is the fault of liberal policies and the countercultural movements of the 1960s, and everything that is getting better is the consequence of the leadership of a few (visionary) politicians on the right. Charen makes frequent use of quotes from a range of people in the "do-gooder" camp (although she seems oddly fixated on Moore, Jesse Jackson and the editorial page of the New York Times), but this is largely a cherry-picking exercise rather than a more thoughtful attempt to evaluate the core assumptions and values that guide liberal policy makers. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Ch. 1 Judge not - how liberalism created the crime wave 1
Ch. 2 Stoking fear and hatred in the name of racial sensitivity 39
Ch. 3 The promise of compassion : the reality of degradation through welfare 87
Ch. 4 Rewarding the worst families and discouraging the best 121
Ch. 5 The "grate" society - how liberalism created homelessness 163
Ch. 6 The liberal war on rigor and patriotism in America's classrooms 189