Let me know when it's realistically possible for a government to have nothing to do with the economic practices in the state it governs bro
The point is the government should be an entity apart from business with control over it, not that it should "have nothing to do" with its economic practices. Government should also in no way
base its decision-making around the health of financial markets, because these abstractions do not represent the citizenry they have been elected to serve. Did you mistake me for the lolbertarian who started this thread?
People have forgotten the notion of the public good in the US that services like USPS, roads, schools, and social welfare programs provide. Now, all you hear is complaints over people getting nothing for their taxes, because Republicans and their backwards, self-fulfilling prophecy of "government is ineffective, therefore we should defund government to make it less effective, thus making us even more correct" have been inserted so deeply into the system. Like all conservatives, they pit the working and what's left of the middle classes against themselves and one another with their constant *****ing about unions and religious issues, while crying that the wealthy "job-creators" (who are doing far better than anybody else, yet sitting on their fat wads and banging the drum of yet more outsourcing instead of hiring anybody American) pay too much in tax... despite the fact that the vast majority of millionaires class their income as capital gains and pay only 15% (didn't Romney's tax return list his occupation as "unemployed"?).
The major problem is that Obama is a center-right candidate, and all his opponents are farther right than Genghis Khan. There is no legitimate workers' party in the US or UK, since the UK's Labour betrayed its principles to appeal to suburbanites, same as Clinton did. And so working men and women have nobody to represent them in government, nor in the private sector as unions are increasingly defanged and have their bargaining power broken.
And so wages remain stagnant for working people while millionaires see their profits and their workers' productivity climb to astronomical levels. And so our society continues to rebuild itself in the shape of an inverted pyramid - with a broad slab of wealth spread for miles across the top for people who slosh numbers around in a financial sea, and the tip of the spire balanced plunged into the chest of the people who actually produce and create.