It's still a small victory if we can manage not to make things worse even when we are expanding economically. More facts that undermine conservative horse crap. There is sometimes too much profit in destruction for it to be corrected. We had slavery decided by a civil war, we had the gilded age and a great depression before we realized some form of safety net was essential in a winner take all economy. We had celebratory lynchings,white terrorism, Jim Crow and segregation that lasted up until a few decades ago. American exceptional is a right wing coping mechanism that makes it possible to never be required to consider faults.