I'd rather this not evolve into the typical showdown between ideologies as much as a practical look at the evolution of American policy. We have a massive social state, stubborn unemployment and shrinking economic growth. Rather than paying people who don't work, couldn't we pay people to do work instead? Our nation's New Deal infrastructure is on the blink, among our uncommonly low land utilization for developed nations. Rather than adopt Leninist- or New Deal- styled communism, couldn't the government subsidize labor costs to private employers for domestic infrastructure projects, for example? If all this sounds far fetched, imagine telling Abraham Lincoln that we would just pay tens of millions to stay home in government or government-subsidized housing, while we import Mexicans to do unskilled labor in our country, then take billions more and subsidize development in Pakistan. Times change.