We should know the European-style welfare state is destructive of the human will and economies. We learn this daily from Europe itself. Yet features of a mature welfare state are very popular and within limits, manageable. It is the welfare culture and the accompanying obesity within the welfare products that will bring a nation state down. Also, the welfare state and the practice of democracy is awkward. It is awkward because political power is rewarded and sustained by giving more welfare to citizens and corporations.
We know Americans like Medicare, Social Security, and states like Medicaid. America, probably don’t like corporate welfare, but it is a prominent component of the welfare package. Moreover, as our economy concentrates and becomes more polar ; corporations will become even more potent.
In theory, if we paid cash for our welfare state, it’s size and reach would always be kept in check. But, if you borrow money from others, including foreigners, you never seem to realize the true cost of a welfare state– for awhile ! You have a stealth welfare state, which is lethal.