I have a question for you Progressives out there. One of the complaints I here The Obama and Democrats mouth is the we are losing our middle class. The politicians in Europe are making the same complaints.
If European-type Socialism/Progressivism is so great, where is the burgeoning middle class? Where is the middle class in China? Was there a middle class in Soviet Russia?
I find it interesting that the rise of the middle class in Western Society came right along with the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the capitalist explosion in the last 300 years or so. As Government and bureaucracies have gained greater control we see a larger and larger disparity. Under Obama's policies the welfare state has expanded. Since the Dems took control of Congress in 2006, the economy has tanked, home values have fallen and unemployment is at sustained levels we have not seen in more than a generation.
Today's Liberal/Progressive says we just need more of these policies. If the Government could just take over health care, or perhaps the oil companies, or maybe the housing market, perhaps food distribution, all will be better. Can anyone point to empirical evidence that supports this position? Is there anywhere the liberal/progressive/socialist program has worked?
Anyone? I am not from Missouri, but I still invite you to show me.