As governments keep stepping in to eliminate recessions, downturns no longer play their role of purging the economy of inefficient companies, and recoveries have grown weaker and weaker, with lower productivity growth. So it takes more and more stimulus each time to prop up growth. How about more inclusive capitalism for everyone and less knee-jerk socialism for rich people.
The Republicans have hit on a winning political strategy. Ignore policy, and instead focus on emotional issues that can be encapsulated in a sound bite, or, preferably a 4 letter acronym. While they're distracted, rob them blind. Eventually, enslave them. Ronald Reagan's curse remains with us to this day, but with this twist: Republicans may have, pre-Reagan, thought that government had some merit, but after the B-movie lot actor won the presidency, they gave up on government entirely except as a means to raid the public treasury for tax cuts for corporations and wealthy individuals. Republicans play the fear and race cards, smoothly diverting modest whites from understanding that the tax cuts and deregulations benefit one class only, and it's not them.