Fantastic reporting from the New York Times about the delusions suffered by conservatives in the United States. The piece, Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It, documents stories of people who think that government spending on entitlements has gotten out of control, including video and supporting interactive charts. The delusion becomes apparent when watching the subjects of the story talk. These people decry the government and governmental programs while they themselves have been, or currently are, recipients of the United States governmental programs:
Many people say they are angry because the government is wasting money and giving money to people who do not deserve it. But more than that, they say they want to reduce the role of government in their own lives. They are frustrated that they need help, feel guilty for taking it and resent the government for providing it. They say they want less help for themselves; less help in caring for relatives; less assistance when they reach old age.