Voting for one career politicians to show the other career politicians seems a strange concept to me. At least McCain had a career outside politics and law. He was the first major candidate in a long time from an alternative background, even if it was the military.
I agree. This was a strong point for Sarah Palin, IMO. She was from the real world, not the Daddy's-money-club. But let's keep in mind that for decades now, the US government has failed to deal with major issues here at home. That includes Republicans as well as Democrats. America has had an oligarchy for decades now, (hence the desperation) facilitated by TV and the need to have massive media campaigns to get a vote. People want to knock that down. Sadly, too many are just short sighted enough to believe the lies told by someone who looks a little different.
People are sick of politicians who only look out for themselves and their families and don't care at all about the average person. There's a massive and growing gap between those who have a lot and those who are barely scrapping by. A lot of folks in poverty in America have two jobs, but it's still not enough to pay the bills due to inflation. The cost of living has been raised to the point that if you aren't making about $30,000 a year, you're going to be hoping you have enough money for utilities from month to month and praying you don't get sick. And most of these people aren’t trying to live above their means either; the cost of living in the US has been a shock to many of my immigrant relatives. Foreigners have a distrinct advantage in that their cost of living is low enough they can afford to work for less than the average American worker.
Babyboomers have slaughter the golden goose and the average person knows it now. They've tried to twist capitalism so there is always an economic high. What's happening now is that capitalism is springing back. Accutally, housing would be easily affordable now if politicians hadn't permited the housing industry to keep land/house prices artificially high. There’s real fear for the future here, fear that the elites aren’t going to do a damn thing because they’re so money padded they don’t notice the suffering happening in the lower middle class. Unless we have massive change soon, the entire economy may fall apart and given the recent events, most people aren't sticking their head in the sand and ignoring it anymore.
Financially the US is quite fragile now. The commercial and private sectors (the ones that make money) are continuing to shrink. No one knows if they'll have job from one month to another. That's terribly frightening and demoralizing. I expect government jobs to start getting the axe left and right as the private sector continues to fall apart. Large commercial businesses are starting to default on their payments (Ann Taylor is the only specific one I remember, but there are others) and will be shrinking or declaring bankruptcy soon. The entire financial sector mess was just the tip of the iceberg, and you can put good money on the economy getting much worse before this is all over. Not even stock owners and land investers are going to escape this.
I cannot see desperation in the wealthiest country in the world. If Americans think America has problems they should take a look at the countries they are now trying to emulate.
Fear isn't usually rational and yes, there ARE poor people in US. They're made poor by the fact that you can't afford NOT to have a car if you want to keep a job. Heck you can barely afford not to have a cell phone anymore. This is because many businesses have shifted the cost of equipment over to individuals, which means those who have get jobs and those who don't struggle to get enough money to look halfway hireable. It's why contractors have become so popular; it's a way to shift the ungodly tax burdens placed on busineses over to individuals.
I blame conservatives for abandoning teaching and allowing liberals to take over and brainwash most of the population. I also blame government schooling in general, because it give government unprecidented power to brainwash young people. Boomers were too busy making money to be bothered rasing their children, so now we have a lot of groupthink and general idiocy. If you have children, for God's sake, RAISE THEM.