Yes perhaps it has made us into a great country as some would categorize it but only for a limited time. The social programs filled withn free money, guarantees, jobs, free health care and pills, well it's awesome but like a ponzi scheme it built on a house of cards although for those who entered it early they will benefit. Now those who benefit from this think it's great and will swear by it and promote it for the next generation, all the while it is costing more money that is being put in and will eventually collapse. Those who benefited first but never put into it, also at the time people didn't live as long and politicians weren't eager to dip into the pot of limited gold. This country can longer afford this and with those dependent on these programs there will be the devil to pay on both sides of this issue. So we must all ourselves. social programs or our country's stability.