This is the underlying message of the article’s arguments – public is good, private is meh.

More than just a policy position, this provides a valuable psychological service for the TPM reader; they get to actually abdicate their own personal responsibility while feeling smug moral superiority because they favor policy positions that other unseen people will supposedly take care of. They don’t have to do the hard work of raising 23 or even one foster kid. They are in favor the Democratic Party and gosh darn it, that’s enough.