A very good friend of mine of Facebook posted that she absolutely loved President Obama's inaugural address. It was so full of compassion and togetherness. A friend or relative of hers came back with what I would have said - where are we going to get the money? She responded, "We'll find the money somewhere." When he came back yet again with the examples of Greece and Spain, she didn't budge.
That we cared mattered more than whether or not we could.
If we want to change minds about this whole thing, we're going to have to show that the mammoth nanny state is destructive to individuals.