Being "compassionate" with other people's money is not admirable. Since "liberals" are not liberal at all (unless we are speaking of being liberal with other people's money) and compassionate conservatives do not wish to conserve other people's money, one is left asking which political ideology is not a complete joke.
Gallup now reports that 55% of Americans view their income tax rates as "fair", according to their polls. The problem with this figure is that 49% of Americans do not pay income taxes. Therefore the majority of our country, and the leading political party, now maintain the self-righteous belief that the problems of our society should be resolved and paid for by someone else. It is very difficult to be an optimist in 2013.