The latest Gallup Poll has found that 49% of Kossacks (Dems and even greater numbers of Indies) are ready for a third party. (Believe it or not even a greater percentage of GOPPERS felt this way as well.). Is it just because of the shutdown? Gallup says no--numbers have been increasing since 2003 when the question was first posed. We're up to 60% of respondents who are disgusted with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dummer.
The North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement has, indeed, caused a "great sucking sound" of jobs being outsourced as Ross Perot predicted some years ago. Of course, since then, legislation and tax loopholes have also made it attractive for manufactures to move our good paying jobs overseas, leaving us with a "service economy" (read burger flipping and minimal wage).