You know, I think that what David Simon, creater of The Wire, has to say might make some sense if we actually had unfettered capitalism in this country:
And so in my country you’re seeing a horror show. You’re seeing a retrenchment in terms of family income, you’re seeing the abandonment of basic services, such as public education, functional public education. You’re seeing the underclass hunted through an alleged war on dangerous drugs that is in fact merely a war on the poor and has turned us into the most incarcerative state in the history of mankind, in terms of the sheer numbers of people we’ve put in American prisons and the percentage of Americans we put into prisons. No other country on the face of the Earth jails people at the number and rate that we are.
We have become something other than what we claim for the American dream and all because of our inability to basically share, to even contemplate a socialist impulse.
but it isn’t so it makes a good deal less sense. However, I agree there are two Americas: the part that’s able to harness the power of government to its own advantage and the part that isn’t. That’s obvious when you look at the unemployment rate or housing values in the counties that adjoin Washington, DC or the counties that contain our state capitals.
You can make a list of the beneficiaries: big banks, ratings companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, healthcare providers, people who are members of public employees’ unions, defense contractors, the list goes on and on. The political party is less important than the propensity to reap benefits from the public purse.