"American Nightmare - Whose fault is it?"
Perhaps it's the fault of our parents & grandparents. You may know them as "the greatest generation".
Those who created, built, & sustained this Ponzi scheme of big federal nanny government taking care of (controlling?) the people, taxation of personal income, the new deal, the great society, socialization and redistribution of private wealth & property, etc, etc - and created a psychological mindset among the people that this is what the government is for instead of being restricted to it's few limited constitutional functions.
Our ancestors are probably rolling in their graves. Only return to the ideals/principles that created this country will save it in the long run. Limited Government - Individual Freedom - Personal Responsibility - Private Property - etc Otherwise our system is probably doomed, hopefully not in my lifetime, but very probably in our children's. It is unsustainable.
(ok - rant over)