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And our well-chosen representatives seem to be just as dysfunctional as the present American marketplace. They tried to re-regulate the futures traders , including ICE, I think, and the thing failed on a procedural vote on cloture. They pump raw crude at $3 a barrel and we are paying $140. China's managed economy is growing at 25 percent, ours is barely maintaining a questionable 3 percent. Sovereign funds are buying up American real estate at a record pace, and we demonize Rev. Wright for saying "America's chickens are coming home to roost."

Are we as stupid as the rest of the world seem to think we are?

Is our so-called great wealth and power simply an illusion?

Is the housing bubble a metaphor for the whole country, i.e., we owe more than we are worth?