Forfatteren, filosoffen, forlæggeren, eks-politikeren William F. Buckley, Jr. (grundlægger af National Review og forfatter til bl.a. Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of A Libertarian Journalist), har et par tænksomme ord om status quo for socialismen, velfærdsstaten og Republikanerne:
“Dogmatic socialism is exhausted; it didn’t make it and that happened in the last 50 years. Years ago, there were a lot of very bright people who were simply socialist, but they were hit with reality. At the spiritual level, I think that the advances that were thought predictable in the 1950s that would discredit Christian thought didn’t happen. The Christian communion is stronger than it was back in the 1950s. That’s pretty heartening … On the other hand, state welfarism continues to be very strong. People don’t worry about it, that’s one we haven’t won … Neither major party seems conspicuously concerned with fiscal policy, and that’s alarming. It was part of the dogma of the Republican Party, [the idea of unlimited spending] that you can’t do those kinds of things, but then we did it.” (fra et interview med David Sanders, Arkansas News Service).