But there is something in-between that should be economically maximizing, and politically viable.
I'd support shifting means tested welfare spending to infrastructure spending. The short term macroeconomic result would be the same as what we have now, but with better social results, and better long term results due to the value of the newly created infrastructure. We'd probably have to phase this spending shift in over a number of years.
It's usually not those on the moderate left who oppose this idea though, it's almost always those on the right, who will claim that creating infrastructure jobs is still welfare, and that doing so won't help the deficit issue. Sometimes I believe that those on the far right actually desire to see the poor and middle class harmed.
There used to be a time when conservatives valued public education and infrastructure, but these days it seems more and more like they would prefer an under educated workforce resulting in lower and lower wages, and crumbling public infrastructure. Conservatives no longer seem to value what they used to, and that's why I no longer vote for conservatives.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
The CRA was terrible.....
They have no idea what they're taking about.
Honestly, they dredge up left op eds written by hacks from left wing sites and then claim that the issue is settled and that we've been " debunked ".
When I challenged him to counter my post on a point by point bases he runs away after parroting the same nonsense he's been posting since he showed up.
He's a admitted Socialist. You can't set your standards for a intelligent debate very high.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The was I see it is that the progressives are the PC cops and the non progressives (conservatives, real republicans, tea party and libertarians) are the accountants of this nation.
Hell, look at the typical progressive they have no problem being called a "social justice" warrior - that within itself shows they care more about social issues rather than economic issues or economic solvency.
Are libertarians or republicans fair? no not really, we rely on self sufficiency not government regulations and/or a nanny state which progressives believe are the solution to all their problems.