The mood of the country (at least that which gets widely reported) is that people want solutions. The only problem with that is these same people don't want those solutions to involve any sacrifices. Polling stats indicate people want cheaper and more reliable health insurance. But to actually listen to the grumbling, they rebel at any tradeoff that would make it possible. They demand the government do something about jobs, now, but are highly critical of government stimulus spending which adds to the deficit. They want deficit reduction, but not if it means higher taxes or cuts in any program that benefits them.