Economic growth is how unemployment gets lower, which means more jobs, which means a better chance for me to get a job, or to move to a better job. That means better pay for me, and more beer, pizza, and better clothes. It means I can afford to put gassoline into my car, and have money left over for shiny toys. That is why Americans are all so focused on the economy. The better the economy is doing the better EVERYONE does. A rising tide lifts all ships. As far as the stock market goes, many Americans have a 401k or other investments as their retirment plan. When the stock market does well, it means that they will have a more comfortable retirment. If the stock market does poorly, that means a less comfortable retirment. Social security is a joke as far as the payout goes. Our education system is getting worse and worse, but it's not because of how much money goes into it, but rather because of idiodic policies like "No child left behind" Honestly, we'd be better off leaving some behind, and working on making excelence be rewarded. As far as healthcare goes, the biggest problem is paying for care once people get it, not getting it in the first place. People may not seek care because they can't afford it, but hospitals and doctors will provide it regardless of ability to repay, and the laws are written so that any effort to repay medical bills is acceptable. This does raise the costs somewhat because of writeoffs. Just because some people don't like our system doesn't mean its inherently broken.