Yes, morals have declined. State approved terrorism and torture for instance. There are other things under the category of “morals” that we might agree on. But if the U.S. does not recover its economic standing, you can thank eight years of Bush mismanagement, four years of Republican obstruction with the goal of making Obama a one term President, and a trivializing of American workers that started with the President elected in 1980. A “welfare state” only exists in the parallel universe you and Ms Benson seem to inhabit.