Economic change is ahead, but what kind?

One economic truth in the United States (and probably in other countries as well): when you advocate reform you receive a lot of criticism.

Students that yours truly has taught at the college level in U.S. government, international relations, and in other subjects are quick to confirm the above: change, almost in any form, and certainly regarding the economy, does not come easily in the states. Even when a better, more-rational policy or way of organizing and marshaling resources is presented, students, like other American citizens, more than likely will adhere to "the status quo," even, in some cases, to the detriment of the nation or the society at large.