"When all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail." - Abraham Maslow
For liberals, that hammer is government.
Recently, I was having a discussion with a liberal about healthcare. Any solution I offered which did not involve government, specifically socialized medicine, got shot down. For him, the only healthcare solution was free healthcare provided by the government. The fact this has never worked well in Canada or England was no impediment to him. "Americans can do it better", he said (although he never makes that point in discussions about Iraq, but I digress).
For me, government is the last option in the tool box of ideas. While government can be effective, it comes with a very high price. And once you give power to government, you cannot get it back.
The greatest irony in this is that liberals claim they are the open-minded people in our society. That is like offering a wonderful buffet, but all it has is hamburgers.
Mind you, that is a generalization. There are open-minded liberals. Unfortunately for the liberals, those people tend to become conservatives when they realize there are other tools to use on problems which are not nails.