“The disdain for Reagan freed liberals from the need to rethink their policies. Besides, Reagan’s victory, shock that it was, left the interest-group structure of congressional government intact. Intertwined with congressional committees and the media, liberal interest groups thrived by “parcelling out to private parties the power to make public policy,” explained political scientist Theodore Lowi. Liberal interests never re-examined their assumptions, even when faced with social and political failure. They never asked why, despite the vast sums expended, poverty had become worse rather than better. Instead, they pointed to shards of success and, more significantly, in the hopes of maintaining their grip, redefined the problem. Great Society social programs originally designed to reduce if not eliminate poverty were now justified in terms of rights, racial justices, or diversity. And then there was fallback to the fallback: the insistence on good intentions rather than outcomes.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 160.
“In both the cultural and economic spheres, it was attitude and intentions ─ not outcomes ─ that mattered to liberals. Their claim to moral superiority rested more on self-image then real-world results [and it still does].” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 161.