posted by CenterBHSFan
It's not weak, when you think about it. Big cities and colleges/universities are hotbeds growing crop after crop of people who want to be taken care of by government. They are playing specifically to these types of people.
Seems like academics have always heavily favored socialism. I suppose that may be attractive when one is insulated from the real world inside the ivory tower - most earn a very good living, but hardly rich. So it becomes very easy to view capitalism as unfair, even evil. And those people pass on those views to their students, who also don't know any better and lack life experience.
I've said before - the number one reason all these types favor ceding state govt to an ever-bigger federal govt is because they know there's no hope for funding all these programs at the state level. You need a federal govt that prints money and can borrow at much lower interest levels.
Now a 25% VAT like most of Europe has may already be inevitable, but if Dems implement the agenda they are talking about, a VAT would probably happen within the next decade. It's only going to benefit the bottom 20%. The next 20% might break-even, and the top 60% are going to be net payers. Of course, the fake fact checkers will keep the voters ignorant about all this until it's too late (just like with Obamacare).