We are all moochers now
This is not a cheerful book. Dorothy does not click her heels together three times to return to Kansas, nor will wishful thinking suddenly return us to the days of Calvin Coolidge. The assessment of our culture is bleak.
It is the culture, not just our economic situation. While the book is a dismal narrative of statistics detailing the economic impact, the net result of the great expansion of the modern welfare state under both Republicans and Democrats has been to create a culture of dependency, a nation of moochers.
Who are the moochers? As Richard Nixon would have said, we are all moochers now. Moocherism is bipartisan, even nonpartisan, and reaches into every socioeconomic strata.