Well, the pirates succeeded, pointing scorn to government.
This is one of the areas that are very easy to demagogue.
By accusing government of being the enemy and promising people that if we simply shrink government they will be better, some politicians and ideologues are attempting to improve their own positions of power. They are misleading the voters.
We know that when the private sector is unwilling or unable to spend and when consumers are under a huge debt load, government is the last remaining spender, at least in the short term. Long term deficits do have to be reduced, but unless we get the economy growing in the short term through government spending, we’re all going to be experiencing a much longer and more painful so called recovery.
And stop blaming China. The USA is a greater threat to the world.