Aside from the John Edwards-specific tawdry stuff, as Pierce says, the people who rule us really don't address the dismal circumstances that large numbers of people in this country face. Obviously with a little Burkean humility all of these people could get rich starting call centers in India, or something, but David Brooks has claimed all the Burkean humility for himself so they're mostly shit out of luck. The Greatest Nation In The History Of The Universe is giving an immensely raw deal to a big part of its population, with little hope for most of them to improve their circumstances. Hopefully if the economy is finally turning around a few more people with have it a bit better, but it's probably only going to be a few more people.
I bet if we gave more free money to rich people all of these problems would be solved.