I think the author of this story did not go deep enough. The real foundation to the Empire is the public school system. Without the indoctrination machine, people would not fall for Socialism.
Get rid of welfare and that will choke out the life of the Democrat political party.
Lets face it. Most people don;t need more than what they learn in grade school. Everything beyond the basics should be paid for by the student. Middle school and high school are a complete waste of time.