What you say is true. At one time one working man could afford to support a wife and children but since the "Great Society" and the taxes it takes to support these programs, one man can no longer support a family and the government as well. That has resulted in the break-up of the family, more abortions, more single parents, more drugs, more public debt, and so on.Okay. And how are they being (mis) treated? What do they expect the government to do?
They feel that they are being screwed over because all the economic growth in this country- which is created by all the hard working people- is ending up in the pockets of a very small number of people. GDP per capita in the US has increased by around 300% since the 1960s and productivity per year per worker has increased almost as much. But the median income has only increased 40% during that same period. In the 60s a family only needed to have one person working 40 hours a week to provide housing, health care, food, transportation, etc. Now it takes two or more people working and they're being expected to work 50 or 60 hours a week. Despite that, they're having a harder time covering those same basics.
If you want to get the government under control again you should consider the Tea Party. They are the only ones who have directed their attention to the specific problem of high taxes and out-of-control government spending. But because the last generation of Americans have become accustomed to government programs it will be a very difficult job to stop them. It will take a collapse as we see in Greece before people can get realistic.
Only fools rely on the government to look after them, and that includes their retirement and their health. The rich are only looking after themselves and their families, and so they should, though crony capitalism among the rich and the government has become a huge problem. We can see money disappearing down a hole but no one ever really knows who is responsible. That money should have been kept in the pockets of the American families and not been thrown away on corrupt pet projects.
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The growth of government has grown enormously during that period and as government grows the middle class shrinks.
Here's a brief history.http://faculty.virginia.edu/sixties/...cyclopedia.pdf