One good thing about having Obama as president (and the only one) is that regular people are learning exactly what happens in the campaigns and the legislative efforts that they have been supporting over the years, previously coded as clever buzz phrases.
Collectively described as the "consultant class," DC firms vie for lucrative contracts and label themselves as "strategists" or "consultants" when the word, "lobbyist" is a dirty word.
Company or group A needs to bend the ear of Congressmen D, G, and N, so they hire lobbyist 7, 4, 2, and 9 of firm XYZ to make it happen.
It's all perfectly legal, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exacerbate the distrust of DC by the American people.
Especially after finding out that the millionaires club in Congress exceeds half of its members. Surely, though the lobbyist's personal information is not public like your congressman's is, when there is a flow of cash, be sure they are not only in the stream, but also hanging out at the bottom of the cesspool.
The saying goes that money is the mother's milk of politics, and in DC, barring quantitative easing policy, the money originates from those productive Americans who have figured out how to capitalize on ideas. Contributing to the low opinion most Americans have for the inner-workings of Washington DC, the money that keeps the revolving door spinning is extracted from the private sector through legislation promoted by the consultant class.
The wholesale disgust that the will of the people is only attended to with catch phrases parlayed into big promises during a campaign for reelection is at a peak. A recent Gallup poll showed that a whopping 72% of Americans believe that big government is the nation's greatest threat, in partisan terms, 92% of Republicans thought so, and a majority, 56% of Democrats did, as well.
So while polling of the American people actually reflects the Reagan and Coolidge view of government, DC has solidified, across party lines, to keep on lining their pockets in a quest to rise to the top of the manure heap of a government $17.3 trillion with a T in debt owed by the American people.
It is no wonder why so many rail against the tea party view, which matches the Reagan view, which matches the Coolidge view. All of those feeding off the taxpayers in and around DC, who think it's crazy for people to begin storing things for a fiscal collapse, have their view skewed by their personal capitalist approach to a socialized system.
It doesn't matter to them what you call the system, in the end, they are going to take the money for any cause, because their job is taking the money.
The 2010 elections were the direct result of ordinary citizens getting involved in politics. The beneficiary of that effort was clearly the Republican Party. They won because they promised to stop Obama and his policies.
In 2014, after not only not stopping Obama, but trying to find common ground with him, those beneficiaries are pushing back against ordinary citizens who are still focused and committed to limiting government.
But the bottom-feeders don't care who is in charge, as long as they get paid. It doesn't appeal to them to limit government, because there is no corporation or group who would benefit.
And, to them, your personal individual liberty is just a catch phrase bandied about every two years.