I grew up very liberal. And while I definitely still hold onto my liberal values on social and moral issues with a kung-fu grip, as I've ventured deeper into my twenties, my fiscal beliefs have definitely started to trend towards conservative. That is largely due to the fact that I make money, and especially when I lived in Maryland, I didn't get to keep very much of it. And then Montgomery County put low income housing behind my mom's house, and the value plummeted. So the whole dynamic of, "take more of my money so you can screw me over with it" kind of soured me on liberalism. It's characterized by well-meaning, but ultimately misguided endeavors that simply aren't practical just for the sake of marginally improving some group's social standing.
But this really is just where I stand on the ideological spectrum. It does not reflect my views on political parties. While I grew up a hardcore democrat, I've grown up not trending towards conservative, but just general disillusionment and contempt for both political parties. Neither has my interests in mind, and when they do pass legislation I agree with, it's a watered down version of what would actually be an effective law, because it had to be modified fifty times to appease the opposing, party just because they have to reject anything the proposing party comes out with in order to make them look bad.
Living in MoCo now lol I know exactly what you mean
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