because I'd like to address this post without being off topic in the other thread: While there is evidence many politicians are going to vote their own economic interest, and corporate lobbying certainly influences legislation in the corporation's economic interest, the idea the voting public is going to do the same is not evidence based. The welfare state is a false narrative. It goes with the false narrative that 47% of the US public pays no income taxes. So what? That's one tax. Those people pay all kinds of other taxes and some of those people don't earn enough income to buy food and shelter!