As he lobbied congressional colleagues and the federal Department of Health and Human Services to increase federal revenues for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Sen. Bob Casey recently said that it's a fundamental function of government to help people who need assistance.
Although there is no constitutional basis for that concept - Article 1/Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists 19 powers of Congress, but helping people who need assistance is not one of them - it's been dogma of liberal politicians and most news media personnel for many decades.
Their perseverance has paid off.
The re-election of Casey and Barack Obama in 2012 indicates that this country reached a tipping point with respect to the attitude of Americans toward our federal government.
It showed that a majority of the Americans who usually vote in national elections now favor, or at least tolerate, liberals who want an omnipresent federal government that significantly affects most Americans with mandates, prohibitions, regulations, social "safety nets," subsidies, taxes and, of course, entitlements.
That situation is likely to persist because of changing demographics despite the widely acknowledged fact that such a relationship between American citizens, and our federal government is fiscally unsustainable and curtails individual liberties.
Our nation is on the way to Greece.
Social and economic turmoil stemming from the federal government's fiscal death spiral will make it much more difficult for my grandchildren than it's been for my generation to have fulfilling lives.
I grieve for them and my country.