They realize too late that they face a threadbare existence.
The Democratic Party has cynically discouraged self-reliance and strengthened the incentives to depend on government to gain power for itself.
As for all this jaw-jaw about the rich needing "to pay their fair share" - they already pay way more than that - it is an attempt to misdirect attention away from the obvious:
Nobody is richer than the people who control the federal government and direct the wealth of the American people.
He who runs the government is a multi-trillionaire.
It's a power grab - in the case of health care, of a sixth of the American economy.
Sowell pegged it accurately:
"The whole point of the collectivist mindset is to concentrate power in the hands of the collectivists - which is to say, to take away our freedom."
This is a formula for weakening individuals so as to strengthen government control.
The cost of this game? $16 trillion in debt - $5 trillion of it on President Obama's watch.
The next generation is in for it, not just economically, but in terms of liberty and national security.
Nobody in either party is going to let poor people suffer.
But the encouragement of dependence, the creation of a welfare state, has gone way too far. It has created more poverty.
It has produced individual tragedy and national weakness.
Think security is not the enemy of liberty?
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not," Thomas Jefferson said.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know that encouraging self-reliance produces far better economic results with far less loss of individual liberty and dignity.
I hope Americans choose their course in November, before it's too late.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.