Continuing on the subject of economic justice, check out this link which I saw at [Projections]:
The lies from the right support a system of economic justice that hurts the majority of Americans but most Americans don't know and believe what they are fed by the mouthpieces of the right.
Another blog I read regularly, [Can it Happen Here?], had several interesting charts on spending to let citizens see how much of the budget is currently about different kinds or programs.
The issue here has to also be whether we are paying just our share of the military expenses for the world. Does the world even appreciate what we do or is this all for the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about?
Can we continue to bear the burden we currently do and have any level or prosperity at home? For those who resent the poor so much, they seem to not mind military expenses at all. They don't even want those looked at. Bush didn't even count the cost of the two wars into the budget.
Ignoring the biggest part of your spending is a good way to head toward bankruptcy. The same people who resent welfare programs likely supported our efforts in Libya. Right or wrong to go there, how do you pay for it? The right hasn't worried about that as they know they can just pass it on down the road as a way to end social programs.
Incidentally you might notice I am not discussing Obama's speech on economics. There is a reason. I am not sure whether his rhetoric will be matched by his actions. With him, it's a wait and see kind of approach that I take. The speech sounded good if a little naive to think that most Americans want a nation of social and economic fairness. For some Americans, their definition of economic justice is protecting what they already have and growing it. Concern for others is kind of a big pffft! I am not sure how big a piece of a pie chart that percentage would be,