Charles Pierce, lamenting the fact that the right wing has successfully convinced low-information voters that they have destroyed the American dream and that social programs are evil entitlements rather than earned benefits about which they should feel very, very shameful:
Did people “feel guilty” about the benefits they were getting from the GI Bill? Did all those generations of elderly who survived because they had Social Security “feel guilty” about not starving to death? The breakdown in the national consensus that we must be a political commonwealth was deliberate and determined, and it’s worked so well that now you have people seriously arguing that The Other who is wasting all our money is themselves. The doctrines of the modern Right have engendered not only selfishness and anger, but a profound self-loathing.