Thank you so much for this richly detailed understanding of the issue. I felt less alone for a moment. You get it. You really get it. This ideology aims to make my family’s lives worthless “because taxation is theft.” This shouldn’t even be the calculus. Our culture has sold right-wing libertarianism with an attitude of “I got mine, and you got yours.” Then Ben Sasse comes along to write a bestseller with Americans’ favorite message:
People are becoming too dependent
Americans are getting older and they don’t like their jobs (only 25% report enjoying their jobs). Rates of disability are increasing. Resentment is increasing over who is working. The problem is the resentment has been stirred up by Russia in all the wrong places.
White conservatives think they have the burden when it is born by the bottom half of society far more. This does come back on them in one way. Health care expenses. It ends up concentrating health care problems on a poor population that can’t afford them. So then the conservatives just get angry about funding Medicaid. But they are trying to get out of that.