Megan McArdle had a killer quote on this a few years ago, but she was shooting at both sides. It went something like this:
“The Left continues to sell the myth that we can have a European-style social welfare system paid for by nobody but the rich. The Right, on the other hand, sells the myth that we can have an American-style social welfare system paid for by nobody at all.”
Megan J. McArdle, do you remember how that quote actually went? That line was gold in a bottle.