I was once in an on-line forum for physicians, trying to explain to some doctors (a profession not famous for economic acumen) how some of candidate Barak Obama's health insurance ideas were designed to dismantle the health insurance industry. (His purpose is to create a vacuum for government to fill). Requiring coverage of preexisting conditions, I explained, was like requiring auto insurance companies to insure cars that had already been wrecked. It would defeat the purpose of insurance and turn the business into a money-loser. Since nobody goes into business to lose money, nobody would stay in the industry. One doctor responded (in typical Liberal fashion) that people are more important than cars. My response to him is my lesson to you: Yes, people are special, but we are not magical. We can no more defy the laws of economics than we can defy the laws of gravity; and if you would not jump off a cliff, then you should not jump off the economic cliff of Socialism. Liberals have often been described as overeducated, utopian idealists who lack the common sense that comes with experience. They are much worse. They are like heroine addicts: hooked on a world of fantasy, reacting ferociously to any imposition of reality. The Liberal voter and politician is a symbiotic relationship. The voter wants to pretend that money comes from government, and the politician is happy to oblige (see Lesson 2). This relationship is on display every day in photo ops in your local newspaper. The politician is holding a big phony check and taking a big phony bow, while a community leader squeals with gratitude at the crumb that has been "granted." Perhaps even more dangerous is the Socialist delusion of a limitless supply of resources. All resources are limited, including labor and talent (see Lesson 5). Even the air you breathe can be polluted. This delusion can reach psychotic proportions, as displayed by President Obama's current attempts to spend imaginary amounts of money. They are amounts that do not exist and cannot exist for generations. Stay tuned for his next proposal: a zillion jillion dollars. Resources are not only limited by the finiteness of their existence. They are also limited by their alternative uses, and the competing demands placed on them. That is why ethanol subsidies in the U.S. starve people around the world. They don't just divert the use of corn from food to fuel. They also redirect the use of farmers, farm land and rain water. This brings us to our second math lesson: Should - Can = Liberalism. When you take all the things that should be, and remove all that is possible, the leftover refuse is what occupies the Liberal mind. They don't need power, they need Psychiatrists. Liberalism requires denial on many levels, including denying the historical evidence of its own failure. (One only need compare East and West Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall). There is a reason Republicans are the elephants: they remember. They remember that history is not in the past, which is why they own guns. The best demonstration of Liberal antipathy to reality is by examination of their two biggest sins: discrimination and judgment (or "judgementalism"). Both of these mean basically the same thing: thinking. Instead of thinking, we are expected to pretend: pretend that single mothers of small children are equal in workforce value to married fathers of grown children; pretend that small women (or men) are physically qualified to be patrol officers; pretend that a baby in the womb is not alive; pretend that an ovulating woman belongs anywhere near a battle field; pretend that crimes are just mistakes and sins are just lifestyles.