I grew up in a socialist country. I know Europeans (and Russians) who laud the European welfare state with its free this and free that, its 32 hour work weeks, six week vacations, and an economies that produce nothing while keeping everyone happy and well fed. You can not spend wealth you are not creating. I tend to think that the state’s only responsibility is keeping others away from my property. Call it unpopular, but we’ll be the last ones standing if the next Congressional election goes the way I think it will.