Update: The AFL-CIO has a more extensive post on the same phenomenon:
So I opened my Twitter account, and I see that what's trending is the tag #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek. Go ahead, take a look. You'll see the problem with our political atmosphere in 140 characters. If you didn't realize it, overwhelming the reason your paycheck is less is because of Obama phones, Obamacare, and the costs of Obama's Hawaiian vacation. Really.
Of course, we here all know paychecks are less because the 2% break on the F.I.C.A. tax expired without hardly a whimper from Democrats and almost glee from Republicans, as of course only tax cuts for the wealthy are worth preserving.
The media has failed, the progressive left has failed (not to mention, our standardized test obsessed education system has failed). If Obama is getting the blame for a policy that is a fundamental tenant of the Republican party (inheritance taxes for millionaires matter, payroll taxes for workers don't), an honest policy discussion about the future direction of this country is simply impossible.
What else is there to say? We need an action plan. A petition to every major news outlet to spend 10 minutes on the air or a front page column explaining precisely the history of F.I.C.A. and who's really responsible for the 2% tax increase. A letter to every school district to plead for true education on the real tax and spending numbers of the federal government.
Hell, any public forum. Churches should take five minutes out of their sermons. CBS should grant the president 5 minutes during the Super Bowl.
What kind of democracy is possible when the electorate is so uninformed? I knew it was bad, but #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek has blown my mind.