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We live in a world in which political trends can be very powerful, and yet feel far removed from our own spheres of existence. Policies get passed, politicians move into and out of office, and not much seems to really change. However, within the realm of human services, politics are especially salient and have the ability to impact not only our nation at large, but millions of individual lives as well. In the United States, the political party scene can be simplified into two main camps: the liberals (typically Democrats) and the conservatives (typically Republicans). Depending on which political party holds power at the time, the consequences for human services legislation will vary dramatically as the philosophical differences separating these parties are so highly polarized.
While there are exceptions to any rule, by and large, liberals are more likely to be staunch proponents of human services legislation. They support increased funding for the expansion of such programs in order to reach and serve more of the population in need. Liberals take the stance that the governme…