1. How can one blame a worker who 'accepts' a bonus or a raise? 2. Political office holders gave away the store for votes. 3. Neither of the above has behaved other than the way human nature would have predicted they would behave. Culture is a stubborn opponent. The Soviet Union attempted to create the New Soviet Man with gulags, psychiatric hospitals, and firing squads for seventy years and succeeded only in producing a more corrupt culture. Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, p. 198 4.Thus, the validation of conservative principles: without checks and balances, people behave like....people. 5. Further, people lash out, as we are about to do in punishing public sector workers. 6. These people have committments, mortgages, car loans, college costs, etc....Rash and abrupt changes to their contracts and salaries will hurt both them, and the economy. 7. Liberals are impulsive, and imprudent. They believe in quick changes, and risk new abuses worse than the evils that they would sweep away, since remedies are usually not simple. Plato said that prudence is the mark of the statesman. a. Incremental change is prudent. It allows all concerned, in this matter, to adjust. b. This is an opportunity to show these workers the benefits of conservartive behavior...and we should not behave impulsively as the other side has.