We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The inability of any party seriously to retrench is surely the consequence of the growth of central government, which is now so deeply imbricated in the economy that it is often difficult to distinguish the public from the private. There are many companies – and very large ones too – that are at least as dependent on the government as any single welfare mother: and therefore so are their employees, managers and shareholders. It is not just welfare mothers, therefore, who will vote for the continuation or extension of dependence on government spending, but many of the most prosperous. When the government in Britain finally gave up on its project of the unification of all health care records in a single IT system, after having spent up to $20,000,000,000 on it, there was nothing to show for it except many IT millionaires. Unsurprisingly they were not against the government expenditure that was the foundation of their wealth.
The government is now so big that when it sneezes the whole economy catches cold. That is why, in matters of economics, we are all fascists now.
There is one other issue with Keynes and getting it removed from the public consciousness. It's pretty much the only macroeconomic model taught in any economics program, or any social science program.
Hicks pretty much made sure of this by 'confirming' so much of Keynes' work through the IS/LM model.
It's a great model, if you make some assumptions. Hayek was often critical of this kind of work, pointing out that making broad assumptions was the height of hubris. However, Hicks was looking to find ways to integrate Keynes' work with Walras' theories on general equilibrium. In essence, trying to find a way to mix and match Keynes and Austrian economics.
He failed, mainly because IS/LM is now used to 'PROVE' Keynes was 'right'.
It's a very unfortunate situation and one which can only be reversed if more professors question the validity of Keynes' core concepts and suggest students read up on Austrian Economics - which is far more robust than Keynes' work.