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America has never been a “you’re on your own, winner take all” society

By most accounts, former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing speech last night in Charlotte nominating President Barack Obama for re-election at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton summed up the choice Americans will face on Election Day, thusly:

“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in? If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Sound familiar? It should, because its the same Big Lie that Democrats have espoused about Republicans for all of my sentient life, and for decades before. Yet, despite similar warnings of the venal intent of the Party of Lincoln, the Welfare State remains securely intact despite long periods of Republican control of the federal government. Moreover, you will search the GOP Party Platform as well as the speeches, votes, and policy actions of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in vain for any evidence that they favor any significant weakening of the federal safety net for the truly needy, much less a “you’re on your own, winner take all society.”

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