More educated, tech-savvy, old enough to remember the values and strength of Reagan, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR, Generation X rose to lead America back from the brink of financial ruin. Empowered by voters ready to see the victory of a black President (and it was about time, wasn't it?) and unhappy with a quagmire war in the Middle East, Barack Obama and the Democrat Congress pushed through a dreamtime agenda. Leftists had chills running up their legs and spine as their utopia approached.
Except it didn't.
Anyone who had ever balanced a checkbook could see that borrowing 41 cents on every dollar to pay for the Democrat Christmas list, a crashed economy, 10%+ unemployment, billions in 'simulus' spending failing to jump start the economy, poor foreign policy, out-of-touch domestic policy, and failure to deal promptly with the BP oil well explosion stirred the Gen-exxer's to action.
Massive government expansion into the private sector, taking over auto, healthcare and banking; then eyeing retirement accounts and massive tax increases spurred action. Tax-and-spend Democrat policies spurred action. A failure to acknowledge the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in the mortgage meltdown spurred action. 2.7 million jobs lost since the stimulus bill passed spurred action. Allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire spurred action. The exposure of motor-voter and Leftist activists signing up folks in unemployment lines to make sure they keep getting a check (they don't have anything better to do) spurred action. Old hippie Code Pink women embarrassed them and spurred action. Refusal of the Federal Government to protect borders spurred action. And the ideal of Obama...to tear down America and replace it with a European socialist country spurred action.
The Generation X voters knew government is a service industry; government schoolteaching is a service industry.
It was time to restore fiscal responsibility and ensure that Socialists are beaten back with their tails between their legs.