Our society has been dumbed down enough that this is worth answering.
Our education system has devolved into programming or brain washing kids into believing certain narratives, not to think critically or logically. Instead of teaching kids what has worked to build the United States, first they are taught to hate its history, then given a bunch of ridiculous progressive goals to pursue, like fighting climate change and tearing down institutional racism. Given these truths, is it hard to believe that many people rely on magical or wishful thinking, instead of workable plans? "Free? Sounds good, sign me up!" Progessives have totally screwed up this nation to the point where we can't even say; "that's a boy," or "that's a girl," without being accused of transphobia and "putting lives at risk!" Insanity- of course, but "the emperor has no clothes on" would never be reported by the MSM, the harridans on the View would never admit it, and Joe Biden might actually be re-elected, addled and demented as he is. Look at Fetterman or Feinstein- reality simply has no place in the Demoncat party, so anything could happen, crazy as it would be.
If only more people understood this but when you're bludgeoned with indoctrination from the time you enter a school house door, you're gonna be, as you said, too dumb to have a clue. Modern Monetary Theory is another example of the gullible and stupid being manipulated to believe that debt isn't real.