I'm a New York Republican. I'm also 50 years old. I've see enough from both Dems and Republicans to know that the only thing that drives every Senator or Congressman is their own re-election. There really isn't an ideaology in play by either. It's about votes, contributions, and deals.
If you think Obama's taking you for a ride, it's because the Bush ride hasn't ended yet.
I've go NO problem with Obama, eventhough my taxes will rise. I've got no problem with clean air or clean water. I've got a big problem with welfare, and an even bigger problem with free health insurance for able people without a job.
Having said all of that, I don't expect to see any automakers build plants and hire people in the future because of all I have said above. We are drowning in taxes, but it's not Obama's fault, but rather an unregulated Wall Street and an unnecessary war in Iraq that has killed off and momentum from the 90's..
Obama's trying to hold together a house built out of cards, and cards are what GWB left us for a foundation. We can go on about the country's ills, but it's been a group effort, Dems and Republicans alike.
I'm a 34yo born and bred Democrat who went Republican only to learn what you state above as true. I now have no major party to call home and see "both sides" as "flip sides" of the same coin.
BHO may be a fine upstanding likeable family man, but he has some whacked ideologies and has surrounded himself for years with the uber fringe. He is the Joan of Arc for the welfare state, and his rise could not have been any better timed than the present. As if the forces of globalization, a resurgent oil, gas, and mineral rich Russia, an unified Europe, and the rise of radical Islam were not threat enough, we managed to elect a group of men and women lacking the resolve or desire to address our ills in a hierarchal and methodical manner. Instead they choose to hinder our future success, further our economic disadvantages, and place the yoke of irresponsible debt (or hyperinflation) on future generations.
The "momentum of the 90's" was fueled by paper wealth; it was not "real" and was not sustainable. The unholy wedlock of "Wall Street" and Washington set the stage for many of the ills, I agree. You underestimate the actuarial magnitude of BHO's actual, but more importantly, proposed contributions to the tax burden. I find it funny how you lay the blame at the previous administration's feet when the structural imbalances have been in place for decades -- culminating in that 90's run up you so miss.... The house of cards analogy is correct, but the "explanation train" went off track after that.