The following cute story is making it's way around via an email chain:
I was talking to this little girl Catherine, the daughter of some friends, and she said she wanted to be President some day.
Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there with us - and I asked Catherine - "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"
Catherine replied - "I would give houses to all the homeless people."
"Wow - what a worthy goal you have there, Catherine", I told her, "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and clean up all the dog poop in my back yard and I will pay you $5 dollars. Then I will take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $5 dollars to use for a new house."
Catherine (who was about 4) thought that over for a second, while her mom looked at me seething. Being a very bright girl, Catherine replied, "But why doesn't the homeless guy just come over and clean up the dog poop and then you can pay him the $5dollars for his house?"
And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party".
I'm more libertarian than Republican at this point, but the story holds true nonetheless.