I'm watching the movie version The Music Man, in which a traveling sales/conman goes to small town Iowa to sell them a marching band, and this number where the Professor is trying to convince the town there's something wrong seems particularly relevant in a post-2008 world. All that Professor Hill here needed was a blackboard and he'd have beaten Professor Beck to his own game.
And it's a pretty profitable scheme he's got worked out there, raking in the tens of millions. Instead of just going after one River City, he's been going after all of them.
His schtick is old. Swindlers have been around forever and so have suckers, and they exist in both conservative and liberal forms.
This is why I often post about things I can't change - at least if we're talking about what's going on and we're clear on who's doing what we're probably better off in the end. It's better than nothing.