Protectors of our two party system employ a few tactics to keep the public off guard and to keep any opposition to statism at bay. One tactic used frequently is obscurantism. Anyone who pays attention at all to politics understands that the two political parties are split between tax hikes and spending cuts. The GOP pundits will tell you that Democrats want to raise taxes, and the Democratic Party will tell you that Republicans are stuck on spending cuts and protecting rich people from being forced to pay their fair share.
If you pay closer attention, you'll think you're on the inside of the real conflict, because on the inside, Democratic pundits who understand the real deal will tell you that Obama has offered a balanced approach, willing to deal with entitlement spending, while balancing the reforms with taxes on the richest among us. Insider Republicans will say that Obama is not really serious about entitlement reforms, and that the Democratic Senate would block such reform, anyway. There appears to be a real serious conflict among the political parties.
As the debates rage throughout the political realm, spending increases, and taxes go up. Obama has taxes baked into Obamacare, plus there are hidden taxes such as the ones in high gas prices. In other words, there are no real cuts to government spending. The Fed is pumping $85 billion dollars a month into the economy. While all this real, serious, inside political conflict goes back and forth, the media and both the Republican and Democratic establishments block out the few members of Congress who actually want to limit government power and change the statist system.
Until the statist system is totally restructured, and strict, enforcable limits are placed on government power, the State will grow in power and control. Obscurantism is a political tactic to keep the public divided and confused, and those opposed to statism on defense. You will hear both parties referring to "extremists" who hate government and block all attempts at governing -- they're usually referring to anti-statists who hate statist meddling but don't hate government. Anti-statists respect limited government and believe that government is necessary to protect our rights. What anti-statists don't believe in is an interventionist government that protects a powerful State bent on violating individual rights.