How could the welfare state and the leftist agenda make things worse? Because they promote nonsense as long as it makes them feel good about themselves.
And that’s why they ignore the evidence that their political ideas don’t work.
It doesn’t matter, because they need someone to pity and they need to pose as superior people with good intentions.
They need their lawn jockey groups to prove their good intentions. They care and are compassionate because they are superior.
As a reminder of the phenomenon, this archive on William Voegeli: