It's hard enough at the best of times to gauge the sentiment of Main Street against the puffery of Washington & Wall Street that we are fed by the tame "mainstream' media hacks but the answer may be staring you in the face next time you look past your windscreen at the bumper-sticker on the car in front.
Long gone are the days when you regularly saw the likes of "Obama-Biden Change you can believe in' stuck between the tail-lights. Nowadays you are more likely to see the vehicular graffiti of a growing backlash against government in general and the banks in particular.
Two which particularly caught my attention in Washington last week were "Save Money Eat a Banker' and "Their fat bonus Your Taxes! What is it you don't get about banking?'.
You may wish to dismiss this as just a minor protest by a disgruntled voter but look around, there is a definite trend starting here as more & more people get the message that our political (and by default economic) systems are broken and beyond repair. It's something our elected leaders have known for quite a while but are too fearful to admit in case we all catch on that the Emperor really is naked.
Our economic & political machines are dysfunctional and held together with sticking-plaster, string, & wire. Not only don't they deliver what we voters want, they actually serve the needs of a remote elite who hide behind the cloaks of the Republican & Democrat Parties.
It might just be that the Second American Revolution may be stirring on the bumper-stickers of the nation's cars just like those bills posted on doors presaged the demise of King George and his Hanoverian mercenaries.