The political divide of left and right should be recast as community inclusive or community exclusive. Of course a line does need to be drawn according to what is affordable and this is the main debate, but the divide seems to be more about something else. The divide is more about politicians ability and support to deny what are not grey areas but are hard facts. Climate change is the elephant in the room at this point, but this debate also includes education, supporting families that do not have traditional or generational support structures.
All these issues have reams of well founded, rigourous analysis and yet all this is marginalised in politics, not by what is affordable, but what we pick and choose to be true or not as convenient. Most of these issues can easily be addressed without spending more but spending prudently.