If Progressives have "a communitarian vision that sees universal participation in tax-funded social services as inherently good", then shouldn't universal participation in the tax system also be part of their vision? If these programs are not "entitlements", then they should be benefits that are only available to those who paid in the "premiums" that fund the program.
The key point is the charade that we all "pay in" to these programs and receive an "equal" benefit. I'm sure the elderly person whose only income is Social Security doesn't see it as "fair" when someone else receives a 6-figure pension AND a relatively pitiful Social Security check.
I'm all for forcing Government and our representatives in it to be TRUTHFUL.