The broad political landscape in the U.S. has the conservatives wanting to preserve privileges that they have come to believe are rights. These privileges create huge distortions in income and power within the broader society.
The left wants to preserve counter privileges that have been created to mitigate some of the bad effects of poverty caused by the original privileges defended by the right. In some case the left seeks to expand a few of these privileges.
A more sensible approach will have us eliminate privileges where they are not truly necessary, and to neutralize the economic advantages of privileges through taxation in cases where they are necessary.