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A Matter of Principle

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No time to read? Afraid to go out with your principled friends because you keep getting things wrong? Don't worry, just tape this handy guide to the inside of your retina.

Warning: not responsible for possible polarity reversal in suburbs and/or Washington, D.C.

PRINCIPLE is: choice

GOOD if you're talking about: abortions

but BAD if you're talking about: schools

PRINCIPLE is: abstinence

GOOD if you're talking about: guns

but BAD if you're talking about: sex

PRINCIPLE is: free enterprise

GOOD if you're talking about: Maxwell Street

but BAD if you're talking about: LaSalle Street

PRINCIPLE is: subsidies

GOOD if you're talking about: CTA

but BAD if you're talking about: I-355 extension

PRINCIPLE is: higher prices

GOOD if you're talking about: gasoline

but BAD if you're talking about: Com Ed

PRINCIPLE is: community spirit

GOOD if you're talking about: Oak Park

but BAD if you're talking about: Cicero

PRINCIPLE is: pro-life

GOOD if you're talking about: Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty

but BAD if you're talking about: Joe Schiedler

PRINCIPLE is: Elvis

GOOD if you're talking about: Elvis

but BAD if you're talking about: Bill Clinton

PRINCIPLE is: Bill of Rights

GOOD if you're talking about: First Amendment

but BAD if you're talking about: Second Amendment

PRINCIPLE is: Year of the Woman

GOOD if you're talking about: Carol Mosley-Braun

but BAD if you're talking about: Judy Baar-Topinka, Loleta Didrickson

PRINCIPLE is: managing by results

GOOD if you're talking about: General Motors

but BAD if you're talking about: Chicago Public Schools

PRINCIPLE is: Burt Natarus

GOOD if you're talking about: Jane Byrne

but BAD if you're talking about: anything else

PRINCIPLE is: heavy-handed authoritarians

GOOD if you're talking about: Mikhail Gorbechev

but BAD if you're talking about: Boris Yeltsin

PRINCIPLE is: health care

GOOD if you're talking about: huge government bureaucracies

but BAD if you're talking about: huge private bureaucracies

PRINCIPLE is: "I support the Democratic primary winner"

GOOD if you're talking about: John Stroger

but BAD if you're talking about: Richard M. Daley

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