Conservatives tell us that we must move beyond the idea of allowing people to trade freely in the marketplace. "Patriotism" is the true measure of economic policy, and that requires higher taxes, more government spending, and a powerful state.
It is troubling that after a decade of an economic expansion, the US government is still spending money as it does during and immediately following a recession. It is as if the economy is now in a state of permanent "stimulus."
The key to a high quality of life is a free economy devoted to trade and entrepreneurship. Contrary to what we're told about Europe's welfare states, more government social spending doesn't cause economic prosperity.