Simple answers to simple questions
NOTE Note especially this paragraph, though it's all good:
To top it all off, the businesses that became cozy with both parties are ripping them off in every transaction from the ATM to the airlines to the gas station.
It's all about the rents. If you look at the constituencies that The Big O is supporting, every single one of them -- banksters, insurance companies, telcos -- is a parasite that's taking their cut from every transaction you make while adding no value. That's what HAMP is all about, for example; squeezing the homeowner dry, and then taking their home. We're a rentier state. I believe so strongly that the first step toward sanity is extracting ourselves from as many of these rent-seeking transactions as we can. That especially includes getting rid of cable and giving up the teebee (where the networks are charging rent to their advertisers for your eyeballs). The teebee is poison just as much as our contaminated food chain is poison. ("But what about Masterpiece Theatre and The Wire?" Yeah, well, that's how they get you.... I mean, I like Pepperidge Farm cookies, too, say. But not enough, not any more.) Yes, the first step, but by no means the last.