Beginning by cutting taxes for rich people - the solution for all problems. Or am I guessing wrong? Well if it's for the same reasons it can't be from being a welfare State - the US isn't anywhere near Sweden in that respect, and never has been. Not even back in the prosperity times, before Reagan and the SS boost and "welfare reform", was the US ever a Sweden. Meanwhile, it's too late to use Sweden as a warning example in your crusade here. They've already demonstrated the benefits and prosperity available via decent government, and any screwups from here on cannot erase the history. Meanwhile, socialism has no more to do with foolish immigration policy than the capitalism that the Swedish economy is built on (and probably much less). Why would you blame the one and not the other? After all, the primary driver of bad immigration policy in most countries - such as the US - is the influence of corporate capitalism. Are you sure Sweden is some kind of wild exception?