Wasn't it the liberals (Clinton specifically)
PS: Also, Clinton was a moderate at best (so is Obama). Gimme a break.
Why is there no such thing during the middle ages? Because to a degree, people were generally happy, had what they needed and were left to their own devices instead of being at the mercy of a control freak.
Citation needed. Big time.
Sure, people must have been happy under the whole feudal serfdom/slavery system. I mean, it was great if you were a noble or king but it sucked big time for everyone else. Existing (you could hardly call it living) in squalor, ignorance, and poor health in a vermin-infested hovel with no opportunity for a better life is what we should all strive for.
Even exempting food is a bad idea. (Better to increase benefits etc to compensate the poor.)
The problem is, this country is full of politicians (nearly all right-wingers) with hearts as cold as the intergalactic void. They never do anything to make life easier for regular people. Those assholes would starve the poor just so they give the rich another tax break.
I wish I could move.
I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman