You hear this argument all the time: the stronger the social safety net in the country is, the harder it is to get rich because all of your taxes will get redistributed so you de-incentivize people from trying to get rich. But the data shows that in countries with a stronger social safety net, there is actually more economic mobility.I mean probably if you kept expanding the social safety net you would eventually reach a point where economic mobility would start to decrease but where the US currently sits is far to the right of that point. So, it's not that liberals are for more economic security while conservatives are for more economic freedom; liberals are for more economic security and freedom (in the context of the US, they are not mutually exclusive). Also, yes people who immigrate from the Scandinavian countries to the US typically do better than Scandinavians who remain in their home country but this argument has a serious sampling bias. People don't randomly immigrate from one country to another, they move because a better opportunity opened up in that country than they had in their country of origin but that's only applicable to a tiny fraction of the population.