First off, using pejoratives in a discussion is not a friendly way to get started…makes me think you are extremely biased and ignorant. You might consider this: Congress has been a majority Democrat roughly 75% of the time since 1933 and regulation has approached strangulation. Certain things should be regulated and certain things should not. To assume that the rich and powerful are “right-wingers” who have led us down the wrong path would be tantamount to believing that the “bench” won the game. I wonder what is meant by “rational self-interest” and I wonder who these elite geniuses are who will lead us to better times. Seems the liberals have generally screwed things up to put it mildly.