But it's not weak. We want something 'cut,' until we start believing that the guy(s) running on doing so actually mean it. It's probably too late. The voter is unanchored from traditional civil society, realizing that he is more and more dependent on generous spending from cradle, to college, to grave.
Edit: Wealth redistribution has been a vote buying scheme. Well, it worked. It worked all too well. There may be no going back. Upwards and onwards until national bankruptcy.