Here is the problem:
About 30% or more of the people work for government or their spouse works for government.
More than 40% of the people work, or have worked for government, or have a close relative working for government.
More than 40% of the people receive "benefits" form government and think that in the free market they would not.
Most of the above people think that government is more efficient than private enterprise because "government has no profits" (whatever that means).
Most of these people are completely ignorant of macro economics, the effect of big government on the nation's GDP, on government revenues and on social programs.
Many good conservative people, politicians tea party members and other leaders continue to point out that socialist policies do not work and never worked.
However, the above people, at voting time, have to balance their immediate interest, with the interest of the nation. As a result, it is more convenient for them to believe Keynesian economics, socialist propaganda and the false economics of union leaders and leaders of the left.
These leaders also appeal to the feelings of compassion that most people have and to the guilt of the people who make "easy money" and compare their condition with the poor, the seniors, and the people who really need assistance.
I believe that the above is the reason why President Obama was elected. Twice! This is why today's polls show that another "leader" of the left, Ms. Clinton, has over 50% support.
As I wrote before, the problems we face today are not Obama's fault, but the fault of the people who elected him. Getting rid of Obama only propels their other alternative to the top: Ms. Clinton.
In my opinion, the solution is obvious, and I proposed it in other articles (http://tinyurl.com/pyc25rk, http://tinyurl.com/ofs5q7j ) and books.
Here is the solution:
Conservatives need to show the above people that left wing pseudo economics affects them negatively now. That over-regulation and government size over a certain optimum point reduce economic opportunities, jobs and reduce government revenues, with consequent reduction of the standard of living for all, but especially for the poor. Obamacare is a good example.
Conversely, conservatives have to show that a reduction of government size to the optimum level, together with sound economic policies, would immediately increase the number of jobs and opportunities available, increase government revenues and improve their standard of living, together with the condition of the poor.