MountainBiker, The poor and lazy are only 50% of the Socialist. The rich love Socialism since it stops competition and new innovation in new businesses. So Amazon, Facebook, Google are on top today and want to stay on top for ever. If you see in Europe there is Socialism and the new businesses are all old money or the rich before Socialism because Socialism has regulated all the middle class from creating new business ideas. So it is great for the very rich even if they pay more taxes since they are the only ones in business. You have only them to buy the products from, what a deal RIGHT! That is the other side to Socialism.
The problem is that if the Socialist in power becomes a tyranny then even the rich lose which is what the rich can’t see since the control of them being the only business in town is so attractive to them.