That was fairly easy for me to follow, greatly appreciated.1. Are you just talking about inflation here, or do you mean the dollar has weakened relative to other currencies? Because, on its own, inflation isn't even bad thing- I don't think an economy (outside of those communist or socialist ones that everyone is scared to death of) can function without it. On a very basic level, just think about a world where there's annual inflation of 100%. If you have $1M, you can either buy a $1M home today, knowing that it will be worth $2M nominally next year ($1M in today's dollars), or you can let the money sit in the bank, knowing that you're going to essentially lose half every year. Unless you're a dummy, you'll spend or invest the money asap. Then, someone else has the money, and has the same decision to make- he'll spend it asap. By the end of the year, 100 people might have earned and spent that $1M, which means that a lot of work has been done, and lots of things have been created. Compare that to a world where there's no inflation, or where there is deflation (say the dollar is becoming twice as valuable every year). There, you might be willing to loan the money, but you wouldn't be able to take any collateral as security, because it would be in people's interest to default (kind of like the housing market today). Plus, people wouldn't want to buy anything, because they would know that things will be cheaper next year.
Sorry for the crude, simplified, and inaccurate example- it is just meant to hopefully show that when Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity is shouting about all that's wrong with America, inflation isn't something that's clearly bad 100% of the time.
If you're talking about the dollar "weakening" as being worth less vs. other currencies, then either you are not quite crawling yet or it has strengthened in your lifetime.
2. What do you mean by "a crippled taxpayer"?
I'd like to see the yearly income of some of some our political posters.