None of these programs are sustainable over the long term and once the people get dependent on the government its qite likely they will stay that way. There will be a day when $1 trillion dollars of debt each year grows from $18 trillion to $25 trillion to $100 trillion. Is that the plan?I understand that the right needs to establish a false narrative that paints these programs as over-generous because they have always hated these programs and have always fought to shut them down. So, saying that life is so easy living on SNAP and Medicaid is convenient. It's just not true.
Europe is also unsustainable, with demographics being only part of the problem. When government programs become the most important aspect of your life then you may want to have a rethink of what you're doing with it.What we see in practice, however, is that European countries with relatively low inequality of market income do much more redistribution than the United States, with its high inequality, and that as America has gotten more unequal, its tax and transfer system has grown less, not more redistributive.
I'm not a jealous man and don't begrudge anyone their wealth. It doesn't effect me one way or the other and is just too petty to consider.In particular, imagine yourself as a media consultant for the conservatives in the top 0.01%. What would you do in an effort to stop the median voter from realizing that they would benefit from a more European-style system? Well, you'd do everything you can to exaggerate the social safety net and minimize the benefit of higher taxes on society, while trying to convince middle-income voters that the benefits of government programs go to other people.