I am convinced that the average person has no clue how basic economics works, I say this because there seems little concern over continued raising of the national debt ceiling. I think the average person really believes it's just a matter of the government printing more money, they don't understand if you double the amount of currency out there you cut it's value in half. Why do you think gas has doubled in the last few years, it's because the sellers of oil know our money is diluted.
Let me tell you what drives politicians and everything else in the business world, money and power do you really believe they are concerned about the little people, the pawns, they all cater and promise anything to get our votes and don't care if they follow through on their promises. I could sit here and write volumes of indisputable facts about promises made from 0bama to the newest congressman and show they were all bold faced lies. They all promise what we want to hear and then throw us away like garbage when they can't use us anymore. It's all a big switch game to them. Martin Luther King was a registered Republican because they had been championing civil rights in the 50's and early 60's. Democrats were violently opposed to civil rights now they say they champion civil rights. Groups like the 'Moral Majority' promoted the Republicans in the 90's only to be abandoned after they got what they wanted. The Tea Party now has much the same story. I tend to think it is much like pro wrestling, they get up there and fight in front of the cameras but behind the scenes they slap each other on the back and laugh at us for being fooled.
This may seem a little disjointed but I will sum it up as I see it. The United States 'invented' the middle class. Before that you only had rich and poor but that does not bode well for politicians hungry for power and/or money. I won't even try and lay out all the things done in the past few years to weaken the middle class but those who consider themselves middle class (like myself) know how your financial situation has been weakened considerably. Just in the matter of so called health care they are trying to siphon money from the private sector to the government which is about 15% of the economy. They drive the up cost of private insurance through unreasonable conditions like per-existing conditions (although I do wish they could do that with my auto insurance) so people will be forced to buy government insurance. Who has to have the insurance? the poor and the middle class (who they want to make poorer) The rich have exemptions, and the penalty ? that is directly focused at the middle class, no rich person will pay it because they have insurance and the poor will be exempt.
So what do I think is next, well whether you believe any of this or not the fact is we can't sustain the debt forever and keep raising it. It's kind of like giving beads to the American Indians till they figured out they had no value and stopped taking them. One day the rest of the world will wake up as well and when that happens hyper inflation will hit like it did in Germany before WWII.
You can use your imagination how the civil unrest will play out but bottom line is those in power will be set to take total control and remold the economy to suite them and trust me they will NOT be giving power back to the people.
Oh, by the way, there is one big problem they have to figure out in the meantime, how to disarm the public, you see you can't have total control if the peasants are armed.........but they're working on it.