As much as we decry socialism as a fake form of the virtue we call 'charity', we must decry anti-socialism with even greater passion. It is extortion via the power of law and politics of pandering.
Oklahoma has several state policies which are blatantly guilty of robbing from one demographic and giving the loot to another favored class. We heard a lot about this when the 60s 'Great Society' programs sought to end poverty. Instead, we subsidized poverty then wondered why we had more of it?
Next time you go to a tag agency to renew your drivers license, look at the price chart. You'll see that anyone over 65 years gets their license for free! Why? Yours costs $40. There is no means test involved. The state seems to assume that a 65 year old is dirt poor.
It's clearly a pandering policy. Older folks vote and they pool their influence through lobbying efforts. AAA is just one powerful presence at the state capitol. they insisted on and achieved massive new requirements for younger folks to get a drivers license, but fought off legislation which would require folks over 75 to retake their road test, to insure they still have the motor skills and cognizance to safely share the road.
The Lottery Is Socialism In Reverse
That lottery mess is socialism in reverse. It takes heavily from the poor, to make one wealthy person. then the state taxes the crap out of that winner's prize. It's a tax on folks with bad math skills.
Higher Ed. Spending
We have a handful of great private universities in our state, but the legislature is actively seeking to kill them through predatory practices. If you're a faculty member at ORU, TU, SNU, OWU, or another private university, your paycheck reveals that one out of every seven dollars in state taxes withheld from your paycheck is going to your competitor..... directly!
ObamaCare is clearly a scheme to make the younger citizens pay for the cost of the middle-age health services. Health insurance as a concept is a bad design. People are no longer rewarded for frugality because the pricing is mandated to be the equivalent of an 'All you can eat' smorgasbord. Congress could have adopted the Coburn plan for a means-tested benefit to the needy. An annual funding to a health savings account, with a catastrophic umbrella coverage, would have provided seamless care, but those credits could accumulate for the individual if not needed. The Coburn plan would let the citizen 'cash out' unused funds, as a reward for prudent discretion and healthy living.
Growing Govt. Through Corporate Contractors
Twenty years ago, Gov. Keating replaced many state institutions with corporate providers. We paid billions to private prisons and private mental hospitals. This was done to bust up the monopoly of organized labor. Unions had been giving campaign funds to the Democrats. But Corporate state contractors give huge sums to Republicans, as well. Government doesn't get any smaller from this move. In fact, even while our spending has exploded, services to the citizens has shrunk. But as long as legislators keep getting cash to get re-elected, nothing will change.