the country has been engineered stupid as finance capital found it profitable to make money moving around the globe and setting up shop elsewhere feeding an uber-rich class which has only strengthened its grip on the real productive economy. the u.s. is the police man of the world for finance capital - it is a shell of what it was - no longer the world's superpower in terms of the most highly educated.
as you have correctly assessed - all but the rich are feeling the pinch and they would rather we fight amongst ourselves than organize.
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