Hey Caitlin (and readers), check this out. The person is talking about India, but it could just as well be the US.
“… How does any of this matter to the common people? It does, but no one has time to know about it or ask questions. A struggling economy fraught with inflation and unemployment means people have to constantly and tirelessly work to find ways to make their ends meet and find even an ounce of prosperity. This effectively neutralises the educated middle class, the ones who are most likely to understand what is going on and ask questions.”
— Ranjeet Menon in Nirav Modi Scam: Why It Should Matter, But Doesn’t