I recently posted this on Facebook, I got three likes, but no comments of any kind. It seems that when you go beyond the populist rhetoric, finding and discussing specifics is a challenge. I’d like your comments.
To all my left, liberal, progressive friends.
Rather than relying on placards and buzzwords to capture our views, can we start from a place of fact? What exactly is progress?
From my perspective making social progress is gradually reducing the need for all government assistance, not by merely cutting benefits, but by making them less necessary. Wouldn’t it be great to see fewer Americans on SNAP, Medicaid, with subsidized health care, SSI, EITC, etc,?
That to me would be real progress, but it appears that the liberal view of progress is expanding these programs so more Americans are receiving more benefits. If we keep adding more people to the rolls, aren’t we doing the opposite of making progress in lifting all of society?
Is our goal to provide temporary assistance and encourage Americans to work their way out of poverty or to simply manage poverty, make people more comfortable and trap them in their situation?