The reason we don't feel there's been a recovery is that there hasn't been one
Check out this chart from the Time's actually pretty good Upshot*:
What kind of recovery is it when 80% of the country lost money, and only the top 1% and their subalterns and "pillars" in the top 20% are gaining?
It's not a recovery at all, is the answer. America's malaise, or sourness, or whatever the political class -- mostly in that top 20% -- wishes, bemusedly, to call it.
Why, oh why, do so many Americans feel the political system isn't delivering for them? What's wrong with them?
NOTE * Abramson got The Upshot going before Rosenthal gave her the ol' heave-ho for being
uppity abrasive or whatever.