Please, if you're right wing, don't answer for the left. If you're left wing, don't answer for the right. Right-wing, Poverty has gone down, as a percentage, from about 23% to 13.2 percent since Welfare. Is nearly 1/4 of the population back into poverty an acceptable trade-off for lowering your taxes? If the welfare state is growing, how come poverty as a percentage has decreased? http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2008/pov08fig03.pdf Also, Social Security. Since 1959, the poverty rate of persons aged 65 and older has gone from 35% down to 9.7 percent. http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/2008/pov08fig04.pdf What do you think the cause/effect of your ideaology would be? I think the left, for me, needs to address where they think spending will be ok to reign in? Like, firstly, where are your studies that actually show that infrastructure projects and the like are (in 2010) going to create future Deficit reductions? Do you think the deficit can go up forever? What's your "end game" strategy for the deficit? <--that's a specific question. I don't ever see it addressed, really, in specifics. This site's a lot of hot air, , where are the actual people who study these things before forming their opinions?