See a pattern? But it is impossible to blame it all on the conservatives and Republicans. And it is impossible to blame it all on the men and women in Congress. And it is impossible to blame it all on politicians. It is even impossible to put all the blame on corporations and greedy corporate big-wigs. Heck, it is even impossible to put all the blame on evangelicals, pentecostals, and fundamentalists [though greed and gluttony are common among their money-grubbing clergy and over-done building monstrosities]. Take a look in the mirror.
We have lionized money and material things. We have equated making money with intelligence. We have financed business and commerce in our schools and deflated the humanities and the arts. We have been hell-bent on indulgence and anti-intellectualism. If you made millions, you were smart. If you made billions, you were a genius. Meanwhile the arts were suffering, and you were thought to be useless if you were an English or history major.
So we went along worshiping greed and materialism, and even our churches and clergy joined in the hedonism of "I've got mine, too bad about you." Welfare was considered a dirty word. Liberalism was considered a very dirty word. Altruism became old-fashioned and unknown to most people. If you gave money to a charity, you wanted the whole world to know it, and don't forget to put your logo on everything the charity printed. How stupid can you be to be an anonymous donor who did it out of altruism [look it up]?
A thousand square foot home was only for Third World countries, try five thousand square feet, then ten thousand, then ten thousand with a gated entry. Then get a gun to protect your material. Then keep public transportation out of where you live or all "those people" will be walking around here.
Trust the big shots. Trust the conservatives. Now that I got mine, elect conservatives who will give me breaks so I can keep and enlarge what I have, and to hell with the poor and needy. And on and on it went. Throw the damn regulations out the window; you can trust big business. What is good for General Motors is good for America.
Now General Motors and America are both in the dumpster.