The crumbling of the American economy has left many struggling and many more destitute. Those who perpetrated this fiasco continue to ply their trades reaping millions of dollars as rewards for what they have done and there is no real attempt being made to hold them accountable. This has many Americans seriously considering where THEY fit into the Grand Scheme of Things in the Political scene of American Politics. Some have become so outspoken that they are considered by many to be Insurgents; or at the very least , Insurrectionist. We have had people who have committed violent acts in order to express their frustration with Government like Joseph Stack who flew his plane into the IRS building in Texas. Others have taken up the microphone and bullhorn to march in protest of the outrage of Government misdeeds. Can we expect more and more of such behavior in the coming months and years ahead?
Class warfare has been declared and even acknowledge by the likes of Warren Buffet, who even stated "his side" was winning! Meanwhile, the erst-while Elected Leaders whose attempts to jumpstart the economy have proved to be a failure for most--except for their Wall Street buddies--cannot come to grips with the fact that Trickle Down Economics was and is an abysmal failure. They continue to pump money into the economy from the top down where it is absorbed by profit margins and bonuses for poor performance before the molecular raindrops of economic relief fall upon Main Street where it is needed the most. This has led to protest marches upon Washington D.C. and State Capitals around the Nation as the funding for middle-class job programs continue to suffer huge cuts.
On top of all I've mentioned above, we continue to experience high reported unemployment numbers-which do not adequately reflect the real situation as more and more people exhaust their benefits or are forced into lower paying jobs, further shrinking the pool of low-paying jobs for those who would normally fill them. The projected numbers have been consistently less than forecasted as companies shed workers to increase their profit margins during a slow economy. They have also cut the high cost of labor of experienced employees by laying them off only to fill opened positions with those newly graduated, or less experienced and less well compensated; or worse, sending the hobs overseas whenever possible. This has led to a high number of the unemployed falling into a growing category of "Unemployable" because they are either tooo over-qualified or just plain too old to be worth the risk.
The unemployed/underemployed population continues to swell while significant reductions are being made in the Social Safety Net programs designed to assist those during times like these. Budget crises on Local, State, and Federal levels may soon cut or delay payments of these benefits to a wide spectrum of America-from babies to Seniors-that will further heighten the tension between Government and the Populous. Many fail to see how we can continue to send money overseas to assist other countries when we cannot even apparently help our selves. The United States continues to poor money we don't have into other countries economies through Foreign Aid, maintaining of U.S. military bases in foreign countries, funding for their War on Drugs, and many other forms that leave the ordinary American scratching their heads and wondering WTF?
Many who would ordinarily be supportive of Government have become its biggest detractors: By this I am referring to the Politicians themselves. They continually point out the failures on both sides of the aisle to address the concerns and listen to the cries of Main Street. They tend to do this though when their Party is not in control of Government and quickly forget their criticisms once they have regained the reins of Power. This too has been noticed and oft commented upon in the General Population. The recent flips of Power coming so quickly upon each other should have served to warn the Politicians that America is seeking an alternative that has proven elusive to date. They continue to ignore the voters at their own political peril and seek to focus their constituents attention on non-sensical debates to avoid addressing the hard issues. This waffling proved deadly to many political careers and will prove so again in 2012.
These and many other things I have not mentioned has left an undercurrent of animosity towards the Government at the highest levels I have ever seen in my life of almost half a century. What form this outrage will manifests itself into and just how much the anger will transform into violence has yet to be seen. Will we end up with the violent demonstrations that have afflicted many countries of the Eastern world? Will it be a calm dethroning of the Politicians via the ballot box? Or will it be something along the lines of what we have seen in the Middle-east?