JP, I think you are disappointed because the good work that government can do has been hijacked, through the infection of the Tea Party Crazies.
That happened way back, though. Neither party will restore taxes on the gilded. Both parties are trying to drastically shrink the government we elected.
Let us not forget that the market has given up too. Talk is that the US credit rating was screwed as soon as it became clear that power would be grabbed by the Crazies, and Obama’s compromise overtures were simply seen as gifts to the right. So, the damage in the economic world, the anticipated sliding has begun. Those global traders need answers and confidence all the time, 24/7, and our government could not deliver.
I guess the Crazies are cheering about their psychological victory. Has the government as a whole lost a battle, or a war?