We all like to think that we won a Cold War victory over communism. We did not. The Soviet Union may have fallen but we have largely lost the battle against collectivist thinking.
A majority of the US people believes that an individual has a right to healthcare, education, and housing (to each according to his needs). A majority also believes in progressive forms of taxation such as property taxes and income taxes (from each according to his means).
Government has a monopoly on education and is fortifying its monopoly position in healthcare. About 65% of Federal spending and 80% of state spending is related to income redistribution.
Spending on the military is considered "discretionary" but spending on the biggest welfare program (Social Security) is considered mandatory.
Folk Marxism has embedded itself so well, that a president who promised the largest expansion of the welfare state and who promised to increase federal involvement in education can be called "conservative". Folk Marxism is so engrained that few people can even imagine (let alone hope for) a world without massive income transfer programs, a world where people save for their own retirement, a world where education is the concern of parents and not state government.
We defeated the Soviet Union but lost the more important war against collectivism. The victory of collectivist thinking is so complete that we are not even aware of our defeat.
The more you remind those who work for a living that they are paying extra to have the Government provide services they could procure in the private sector,especially if they did not pay the Government for them, the better chance we have to reverse the propaganda victories of the Left.
I have seen a surprising number of self-labelled "conservatives" around here who have no clue how liberal they are, and that is the most frightening aspect of all.
Too true to be good, unfortunately.