The American government no longer needs to slaughter union demonstrators or assassinate elected liberal officials or resort to the type of murderous terrorism it inflicts on probably most other countries on the planet (e.g., the history of our "government" in Latin and South America alone is horror incarnate).
No, thanks mostly to Bill Clinton and his lying and treacherous administration, the new name of the game is to emasculate the middle and lower classes with financial terrorism.
George Bush simply picked up where Clinton left off and pushed the "Clinton Doctrine" of an unregulated financial infrastructure to new heights of shifting the pitiful percentage of the economy in the hands of the working class into the claws of America's astronomically rich elites (the "Have's"). In a word, Clinton gave the rich EVERYTHING. Bush just followed his lead.
It is beyond tragic to think the economic chaos we now wake to every morning is simply a composite of "trends", or maybe just bad luck, or the roll of historical dice.