The worse people’s economic prospects get–measured in joblessness, high gas prices, shrinking incomes, rising taxes, increased regulations–the better it is for Democrats. That’s because people who are hurting and who have no other options turn to the government for assistance. And the Democrats, like the neighborhood drug dealer, are only too happy to oblige, getting people hooked on food stamps, disability payments, endless unemployment benefits, and so on. The progressives, in fact, have little incentive to try to turn things around, because the status quo benefits them politically.
Perhaps that’s why they haven’t.