Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-reflections-gop-operative-who-left-cult/1314907779
A deeply cynical tactic, to be sure, but a psychologically insightful one that plays on the weaknesses both of the voting public and the news media. There are tens of millions of low-information voters who hardly know which party controls which branch of government, let alone which party is pursuing a particular legislative tactic. These voters’ confusion over who did what allows them to form the conclusion that “they are all crooks,” and that “government is no good,” further leading them to think, “a plague on both your houses” and “the parties are like two kids in a school yard.” This ill-informed public cynicism, in its turn, further intensifies the long-term decline in public trust in government that has been taking place since the early 1960s -a distrust that has been stoked by Republican rhetoric at every turn (“Government is the problem,” declared Ronald Reagan in 1980).
This article is really good. Yes. REALLY. Note my overuse of the overused word ‘really’. It’s really good for catching up to what is going on here, or more to the point economically, why things aren’t.