America: Nation of Socialist Scaredy Cats?
Anne Applebaum of Slate posts a column about what the United States looks like after years living abroad, and it's not a land of rugged individualists.
If you don't live here all the time, and I don't, here is what you notice when you come home: Americans -- with their lawsuit culture, their safety obsession, and above all their addiction to government spending programs -- demand more from their government than just about anybody else in the world. They don't just want the government to keep the peace and create a level playing field. They want the government to ensure that every accident and every piece of bad luck is either prevented or fully compensated. And if the price of their house drops, they will hold the government responsible for that, too . . . .
To put it bluntly, middle-class Americans of the right, left, and center have now come to expect a level of personal financial security that -- despite the stereotypes -- most people would never demand from their governments. In a review he wrote earlier this month, Brink Lindsey, the vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute -- a man who knows what he is up against -- pulled up some extraordinary statistics. Most Americans, it turns out, are suspicious of the free market. And most American also approve of high government spending.
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