Why? Because they focus on the symptoms and then craft empathetic sounding populist “solutions” that don’t work in the long-term and often have undesirable consequences. They do something else, they make citizens more dependent on government and less inclined to take action in their own, they minimize the consequences of personal decisions and they shift the financial burden to others either through direct taxation or higher prices.
Here is my crude attempt to illustrate that with some of today’s headline issues. Yes, there is more to each issue, but this is the essence of it. You can’t solve complicated problems with simple sounding fixes …. unless you are running for office or want to keep power.