The primary problem with the American political economy is that in the last 10-15 years, elite, moderately liberal technocrats have made common cause with the elite, moderately conservative rentiers of the financial and corporate world to form an incipient oligarchy. One sees their fellow Americans paternalistically as children. The other sees us as sheep to be sheared. It’s a common enough ground on which to unite and it is the reason you see a very liberal Democratic Obama administration and a Pelosi-Reid Congressional leadership counterintuitively putting corporate regulation in impenetrable shadows not seen since before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 as if they were the minions of Jay Gould and J.P. Morgan.I've said before that the Democrats aren't so much the problem, and the Republicans really aren't the solution. The problem is an entrenched ruling class that is contemptuous of the rest of us. I keep saying "Vote 'em out", and mean vote both of them out. A new set of faces may not change things, but we know for damn sure that the old faces (*cough*Lindsey Graham*cough*) won't.
If they don't fear us, they won't even think of changing.