I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
Democrats, Republicans, lawyers and corporations.
I voted Federal Reserve, party spin-doctors, 2-party system, coporate elite, and government corruption. All play their role well.
Populism. American culture has been infected with a growing anti-intellectualism, disdain for academics steming from the Populist period onward. The cult of the Common Man and mass participation has lead to "too much democracy" and too much politics. Politics has been dumbed down and further declined into a popularity log-rolling contest.
Public assistance programmes aren't really that bad. The United States has a very weak welfare system, so people don't actually have it that easy when they fail. Other countries with far greater, more generous programmes actually have greater income mobility from the poor to the middle classes.
Depends on how you design the system.
Edit: I should amend a my statement.
There are a few other problems.
1. Politics has become less serious. It's more of a game now. We even call them "races," where people huddle down into "teams" against one another, voting for candidates because he's part of the tribe, not really because of what he proposes. We have so much politics, it's all been trivalized into another sport.
2. "political saturation." The United States seems to be in a permanent election cycle. There is practically no down time to think and reflect. One race ends, another begins. It's gotten to absurd, that right after the last Presidential Election, people were planning and talking about the next election.
Peope are therefore bombarded non-stop with political messages, media advertisements, and opportunities to participate on so many levels (local, state, federal etc). Combined with the dead-lock system we have, where nothing ever seems to get accomplished, I think it produces feelings of apathy and sensory overstimulation. Who really has the time to analyze all the issues in all this mass politics? And who actually has the skills or wants to do it? Debates are almost useless, television focuses on sound bites, because people have 5 second attenton spans, and politicians can say almost anything, because 90% of the electorate has no expertise in any of the topics they're talking about. It's sad and pointless.
I hate voting. I hate politics. I only rarely go out, and even then, I am only choosing between a **** sandwich and a crap bagel.
Last edited by Technocratic; 09-17-10 at 11:42 PM.