An adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Mark Hendrickson, has an op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor picked up in Yahoo! News:
Our problem, and therefore our solution, is not primarily political, but ethical. We have lost our respect for the principle of private property. Through intellectual sophistries, we have convinced ourselves that we are entitled to some of what our neighbors have. We believe that the source of our supply is government (i.e., our fellow citizens) rather than our own contributions in the economic marketplace.
Instead of wanting a government that is limited to protecting our God-given rights, we seem to want a government that gives us things that it has, in effect, taken from others. Unless and until we divest ourselves of the notion that A has a "right" to B's property, we will continue to lurch toward bankruptcy....unless we make a fundamental change in what we expect from government, we are likely to stay on the road to bankruptcy