In Michael Lewis's book Boomerang he spends time with Arnold Schwarzengger, basically failed governor of California. AS was elected in a recall vote to drastically change the direction of California. With high expectations he quickly found out how change was impossible. Voters didn't want higher taxes yet they refused cuts in service. To do either was political suicide. Unions were unwilling to give up ultra lucrative pay and pensions. Other elected officials just gave people want they wanted and found way to hide the losses through Wall Street advised accounting gimmicks (like borrowing vast sums of money yet finding ways not to show it as debt).
A political moderate AS tried everything from grand compromiser to tough man Terminator. None of it work. He finally left office frustrated that very little got done. The "Terminator" had been terminated by the political process.
This reflects the United States at large. No willingness and ability to find common ground and fix problems. And those funding the elections are living large so a system of inaction and dysfunctional suits them just fine. After all if the county isn't picking up your trash just have your gardener call someone to come get it. Library only open three times a week. Likely your child's exclusive private school has a library that puts the public library to shame. In other words an non working government has little impact on your life. So who cares!
In the interim we are now approaching $21 trillion (that's 21,000,0000,000,000) with nothing to show for it other than non stop conflict in the Middle East. Trump's tax and military plans will likely put the deficit on steroids, its highly unlikely there will be even a smidgen of economic activity to offset reduced tax revenues. And the rich will still have their loopholes so that won't change.
We'll also continue to up the ante on protecting and enforcing our economic and military hegemony. The dollar will rule no matter how many people in the "name of peace" we will need to kill to do so. Our society will see more violence as the "race" debate gets stoked when in fact its really about economics. The Federal Reserve will keep the banking system intact with near zero interest rates and never ending money printing. We'll continue to pay for our failed nation by monetizing the debt, or in other words print money to buy the bonds and pay the interest. Just think how wonderful life would be if you could simply go to your home computer, hit a few key strokes and thousands appear in your checking account. In the meantime, more and more Americans will become reliant on payday and title lenders. Borrow it at 2% and lend it out at 500%, what a spread! JP Morgan must be thinking "why didn't I think of that in 1905"?
Some tell me to run for office. What office? Dealing with slick, corrupt Florida politicians. Do you think I really want to be in the same room with someone such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Marco Rubio and kiss their ass? I'd rather kiss a dog's ass. No, some things are not worth saving and our current system is one of them.
Still, as history has shown what comes after the revolution is sometimes worse. We got lucky and got Washington, Adams and Jefferson, as flawed as they were. Russia got Stalin, Germany Hitler. Yes some good old fashion head chopping of politicians, Wall Street financiers, and MNC CEOs on the steps of the Mall might be a delightful afternoon but what comes next?
I'm not sure what the answer is. I think very few others have a workable, realistic answer either. You protest, the Republicans call you anti America, the Democrats nod in agreement and totally ignore you. Reform of all types get talked about to death on cable news but yet never implemented. The days of doing are done, now we just sit around and watch videos of someone we knew in 8th grade eat brunch at some local hangout. We entertain ourselves and forget through mental masturbation. Just like in 2008 when the house flippers were telling us how we could get rich by buying their $500 CD on house flipping, even as the real estate market was cratering. The smart ones at the top were long gone trying to figure out how to get the best severance package possible when they got sacked. Too bad the minions at the bottom never got such treatment.
Somehow one day it will get fixed, likely in a way none of us can imagined. That's generally the way history has unfolded. So maybe in the end get a cold beer and a snack and watch the "greatest show on Earth", people trying to correct an uncorrectable system.