The disease manifests itself as an inability to focus on and address issues. A question regarding job growth is answered by proclaiming that we have to address our debt problem and invest in infrastructure. A question on the deficit results in an answer that focuses on how we need to jump start the economy.
Even debates here tend to have the same script:
Liberal: We need to raise taxes on the rich!
Liberal: We need the people that can afford it to help get us out of this mess!
Conservative: How will raising taxes help the economy?
Liberal: We need to address the deficit and invest in infrastructure, you idiot! Why do you hate the poor! We need to create jobs, not give tax breaks to the wealthy. Let the Bush tax cuts expire! Close loopholes!
Conservative: Closing loopholes and letting the Bush cuts expire provides only a fraction of the money needed to lower the deficit. And that's assuming it doesn't harm the economy.
The Wall Street protestors apparently have the same disease with slightly different symptoms. The "solutions" they are calling for are exactly what they are against...and pushed by one Barack Obama (bought and paid for by Wall Street), whom they apparently support. They have called for "freedom" and "opportunity," but also for the suspension of the Democratic process in many cases. They want jobs, but hate the companies that offer them. And this is to say nothing of the self-obsessed entitlement mentality they seem to possess. One interviewee stated that she "knew several people who recently graduated from prestigious schools that STILL didn't have full-time jobs." The horror!
Watch a brainwashed 9 year old talk about "reverse Robin Hood."
Watch the morons.
As for the administration and Congress, I think the real root of the disease is two-fold:
1) They don't understand the economy and what it needs to recover.
2) They are trying to do too many different things at once. Instead of focusing on job creation through economic growth, they are trying to "fix" everything in accordance with their liberal worldview, while at the same time running for re-election. This produces contradictory goals. They know enough to realize businesses need incentives and stability to create jobs, but also know their liberal voting base wants more "progressive" tax policy. They know consumer spending is key, but insist on taking more of what people earn.
Through it all, we have a President who honestly believes in a "not undemocratic" European Socialism. As his policies fail and the economy falters, he becomes more angry and divisive in his rhetoric. Both he and the Left in general have seen their policies not only fail, but be overwhelmingly rejected by the mainstream American public. Watching everything they believe in be proved utterly, spectacularly wrong has caused a psychotic break of sorts results, producing Economic Schizophrenia.