A couple of nights ago I had dinner with friends I have known for a long time. I think all of them -- an inner city teacher, an artist, a retired doctor --- would describe themselves as liberals. I would not describe them as progressive thinkers -- not a litmus test -- but I would recommend them all as decent, generous and trustworthy.
I cannot put my finger on the precise trigger -- one often finds oneself in a heated discussion without knowing who first turned up the heat -- but standing in the hosts' kitchen we were suddenly debating the idea of a "living wage." My position was that any adult who is willing to work should be paid at least a living wage -- no matter what the occupation.