"They are an object lesson in the unintended consequences of imperialism. They were empowered by the U.S. bombing and invasion of Cambodia."
There are lots of other lessons in the unintended consequences of Imperialism that did not result in the outcome we saw in Coambodia. That outcome was due strictly to their Marxist approcah to achieving an egalitarian outcome. And to their credit, they came as closer to anyone else to achieving communism as Marx intended it to be.
Please see #117
"Reality is that some literally do not have the ability to contribute."
Really? Generally, if one does not have plenty of money, they have plnety of time. And time can be contributed when money can't. This goes back to my support for a CCC-like program where, if you're going to use taxpayer dollars to support those who don't earn an income, then you owe it to that taxpayer to maximize the utilization of that labor pool. Freeways are always in need of trash pick-up, as are rivers and streams. Even if it wasn't 40 hours a week, why not whatever it took to keep public areas clean and in order? What is the down side?
"We hear about food stamp cuts hurting Walmart the rich make a profit off those payments so why not pick up a portion of the costs?"
The biggest supports of food stamps are grocery stores. Think about it, you're able to take taxpayer money and force it to be spent within your industry.
"I don't recall making that claim."
You don't make the claim that progressive policies lead to more prosperous, more equitable society? Forgive me if I've misunderstood you.
"About the only claim of that nature that's been discussed in this thread is Denmark's right to health care."
After reviewing a synopsis of the Constitution of Denmark, I found no mention of healthcare being a right. It is a service provided by government. Paid for by the Danes via taxation. But here's the thing: All danes Contribute. All income in Denmark is taxed by at least 8%. In addition, all labor income earned above $7,600 is taxed an additional 28%-32%. On top of that are an additional 3.76% in state tax. There are local taxes as well.
The bottom line is that one of the big differences between the US and Denmark is that everybody is contributing to cover the costs. An American earning 9k per year will pay $1719 in federal taxes (SS, Medicare, income). A Dane earning the same amount would pay $3240 in equivalent taxes.
In other words it's not a right, it's something they are paying for. Rights are not contingent on beiong able to pay for them. I don't have to pay for the right to free speech, or the right to freedom of religion.