But to further my point, conservatives rely heavily on economic policy that says we applaud the successful, basically. When I was in college, learning about the BS of economics, I immediately argued with my professor that if we keep going the way we are going, we will have another depression within the next 20 years. That was back in 2005, but I didn't know my numbers. We were supposed to have another depression in only 3 years.
The reason is because economics as you are taught is based on a 'perfection-scenario'. The real world doesn't work even close to that way, not to mention a free market economy. The reason a free market economy is 'screwed in the long run' is because of the division between the rich and everybody else. When the rich end up with a certain percentage of the money, and it's not moving through the economy (stocks), then you aren't creating wealth for other people, the middle class, who supports most of the spending and government financing, collapses; and what you are left with is supposed to be a period of deflation, redistribution of wealth, and a quick rebound.
What happened this time was, we hit this scenario. We immediately redistributed the wealth backwards from the middle class to the upper class through bail-outs and rich-person protections. The 'conservatives' thought it good strategy to give the wealthy more money, to in turn, 'trickle-down to the middle class through job creation'. That didn't happen. Instead, people got bloody rich, and the rest had to live off of their own backs.
The democratic solution was to spend our way out of it, and the heavy 'stimulus' that only provided temporary work that was based on accomplishing basically nothing, and once you remove said stimulus you are right back in the situation you started in.. Then, you have increased the debt astronomically thereby disabling us from further spending to do something like promote business growth in smaller sectors as well as refinancing the financial industry, which needs to make loans in order for things to rebound. (Financial meltdowns are always negative marks)
Frankly, the only people that did their job right in a large sense was the Fed. Thanks Ben.
Now we are in a situation where people have shot credit, so they can't get loans. Small businesses have either gone away or also have shot credit. They are your major job creators, who in fact, created most jobs in the 90s to early 2000s. Now they are really hurting, and just now we passed a bill to try and help through 'bipartisanship'. That bill was also a half-assed effort.
We are seeing, as we speak, the depletion of the middle class all throughout the western civilization. And since there is no redistribution of wealth going on, we are not recovering. You can no longer spend your way out of it, because debt has become larger than the economy year-to-year. (Not the total of the nation's wealth).
In other words, I said in 2005 that we would be in another depression. In 2012, I'm saying that when MIT predicts that we will have a global meltdown in 2013, and healthcare is predicted to hit 25% of GDP, universities are causing people to be in immense debt, retirement is busted since we can no longer afford social security and only 25% of baby boomers can retire on their own money due to stock market trading (losers and winners), and nobody has a valid answer in either chamber of congress - I would hate to see what the world will look like in another 5-10 years. Damn, I hate being right, and I'm absolutely frustrated.
This is why I'm so against religion. First, I was against bad economic policy. Now, I'm realizing that it, too, was based on a false sense of a belief system...