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  •  Think of it this way: (3+ / 0-)
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    theboz, EthrDemon, ihavenobias

    In the early 1900s the idea of supporting the poor and the elderly through programs like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid was so far out only a bomb-throwing radical anarchist would advocate it.

    In the 1930s, Social Security was still a very liberal (but popular) idea, though Medicare & Medicaid were so far out their that only Soviet-loving COMSYMPs and fellow travelers would support that.

    By the 1970s Social Security was a bedrock of the social safety net and Medicare & Medicaid were popular liberal programs.

    Today? Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid are such fixtures on the American political landscape that people can scream about "socialism" and "spreading the wealth" on their way to cashing their social security checks.

    If Sarah Palin can deal with Russia, why didn't she stop the invasion of Georgia?

    by Shiborg on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 10:38:33 AM PDT

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