I used to be a screaming liberal. Then I grew up. Looking to the government to take care of you is like living off your parents in your 40s. Go out! Get a job!
Things cost money; someone has to pay. And far be it the day I'm going to spend my hard earned money to allow some lazy duff the ability to sit around all day and eat bon-bons. Yes, even in today's America it happens: People cheat the system. I'm all for welfare for those that really needed it - the recently unemployed, the disabled. But why should I slave away at the office for the good of the lazy? In the Socialistic new world, I suppose I could then join the crowd and let the government pay for everything. Why not? But then there would be no one paying into the system and it would collapse.
Should we be like Sweden? Sure it's pretty and all but...
Sweden is the largest welfare state in the world. This is where entrepreneurs are treated like piranhas, the income tax rate is 55% (plus property, sales & excise pushing to around 70%) and their claim on wealth is a measure of their "wealth distribution" not on how much disposal income people have left to buy things.
Their claim on excellent unemployment rates and low homelessness is all a numbers game: Putting people into government housing and placing them in government jobs where they can take a year or more off with full pay. This is more welfare. But Sweden doesn't count those people into their reports.
People need to take responsibility for their lives. Socialism condones laziness.
The way I look at it, water streams down from the mountain. And entrepreneurs, not government, create mountains that feed the economy thus jobs for us little folk. Whether we like it or not there something to be said for creating an environment where businesses can thrive.