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Old 03-01-2017, 02:50 PM
 
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Your assessment is wrong here. The largest expenditure of the US government is clearly and unambiguously the military at something like 400 billion dollars a year. If by social welfare you mean programs like EBT/SNAP (food stamps). that is a tiny part of the 4% of the budget spent on food and agriculture and it puts money into the pockets of grocery store owners which is one reason why you see more and more places accepting EBT/SNAP. The other things frequently confused for social welfare like Social Security and Unemployment are not social welfare because you have to work to even qualify for them as you pay into them through payroll taxes. Those are more like insurance.
I'm talking about SNAP, EBT, TANF, AFDC, Medicaid, CHIP, WIC, Section 8, etc. Most of them have been expanded. Hence a shift to the left.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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People obviously would only say the US. Who cares about shenanigans and endeavors of small countries like Belgium or Hong Kong.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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I'm talking about SNAP, EBT, TANF, AFDC, Medicaid, CHIP, WIC, Section 8, etc. Most of them have been expanded. Hence a shift to the left.
Is this what your basing your assessment on? This and nothing else is the only metric that matters to you in determining our political compass?

I would like to ask other people of this forum how other first world countries rank in these metrics:
Military Spending
Public support for labor unions
Access to healthcare
Affordability of post secondary school education
Safety net programs

And let's see how to the left we are. Like I said only to the most rabid right winger are we progressive.
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