Perhaps the debacle last night in Wisconsin will refocus people's attention on just how reactionary the U.S. political landscape is. Things continue to get worse, not better. In California, several large cities slashed pensions for their public service employees.
The basic attitude here is one of resentment and selfishness, not of lifting people up, but of driving other people down.
We can blame the ruling class all we want, but this is all happening with the acquiescence of the people.
I always tell young people unambiguously to leave the U.S. if at all feasible. The future here is not going to be pleasant. Better even to live in a country where there is more poverty, but more humanity; and, of course, there are many other countries with more robust middle classes if that is what one desires.