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"Apparently my opinion is shared by others."

Just because two people share the opinion that 2+2=5 does not make it any more correct. You didn't provide any evidence, you just cherry picked 50 year old (or more) strange endpoints from more than 50 years ago that fit your narrative and show absolutely no causation. The welfare state is just likely to be a symptom of and not a cause of those trends.

"What is your evidence? I'm listening."

Will you? I doubt it because it goes against some of your preconceived notions and I have found that most people who share your views don't adapt to new information that runs contrary to it very well.

Let's start slowly. Here is an article from back in 2016 that talked about a report from the president’s Council of Economic Advisers that makes a credible argument that the rise in income inequality was slowed (if not temporarily halted) through many policies including some welfare state policies (such as the EITC and the ACA).

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-income-gap-began-to...

One of the biggest prisons for the poor is crushing debt (especially since the escape hatch of bankruptcy was pretty much sealed shut with bankruptcy "reform" around the turn of the century). Now we can all debate until we are blue in the face the merits of going into debt to get an education, or the problems of going into debt through poor choices (such as buying TVs, furniture, and clothes on credit). What is less debatable is going into debt for health reasons. People generally do what they need to do in order to stay alive regardless of the cost.

Healthcare costs and healthcare debt are a huge portion of why the poor are poor and stay poor. It is pretty much inarguable that the ACA increased health insurance coverage. There is also mounting evidence that the ACA reduced medical debt (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/upshot/obamacare-seems-to...). Now the ACA was not perfect (especially the way it was kneecapped by conservatives), yet there is strong evidence that it (as a welfare state program) helped level the playing field. Will you listen?

A similar economic argument could be made about Medicare and Social Security in that they are welfare state programs that have had a huge impact in leveling the playing field by help reducing income inequality. There is strong evidence that single payer universal healthcare would help level the playing field by eliminating healthcare debt as it has done in almost every other first world country.
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