There are two main reasons for this resistance -- one strategic, the other ideological. Neither is persuasive, even from a progressive point of view, at a time when trillion-dollar deficits are the norm and publicly held federal debt is projected to reach 150 percent of gross domestic product...
"And Jesus says, "How you treat the least amongst you, is how you treat me." Just who are the least amongst us, and what should the US government do about it? " Jesus is speaking directly to the people and not to the government so the government should do absolutely NOTHING about poverty, lack of healthcare, poor housing conditions, education or anything else to "help the poor". That is an INDIVIDUAL responsibility and the government has no business going there.
Since Republicans are pushing entitlement reform and Democrats like taking money from rich people, you might think they could agree on means-testing Medicare and Social Security as part of a deficit reduction deal. Yet many Democrats are surprisingly hostile to the idea of tailoring these programs to help people who actually need them.
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