The profligate wastes of government are nothing new, but - especially in the US - citizens in general seem to feel almost completely disenfranchised. They can vote, but almost every single conversation I see indicates that they feel that their vote is worthless and that it won't change anything.
They are absolutely right, their vote doesn't matter The reality that has to be faced it that democracy has been owned as wholly as socialism was. It just took the powerful a little longer to rig the system is all. I forget who originally stated: "You may cast as many votes as you like as long as I get to choose the candidates". The candidates in *every* democracy are effectively chosen by the wealthy and powerful. They can guarantee that only candidates that support their policies ever get enough money to reach a larger audience than the candidates living room. As long as there exists the possibility of money in politics, there exists the ability of the rich and powerful gaming the system to perform their bidding.
Greece is a prime example of this process taken to its logical conclusion. The rich and powerful have stolen 300 Billion Euros from the greek people, and there is no easy way to even figure out who took the money, never mind getting any of it back. To be certain the Greek people deserve a little of the blame, as they voted for those in power, but to even suggest that the other parties would have been any different in the ways that matter is flying in the face of reason. After all, even a fringe party like Syriza has not lifted a finger to address the corruption and graft that is at the root of the Greek problem. At the end of the day, *ALL* of the candidates support the status quo of robbing the Greek treasury. If they didn't, they would never have accumulated enough money for you to have ever heard of them.