You’ve read all of your free items this month. To register, get added benefits and unlimited access to articles, Become a Member. Already a Member? Sign in. Advertising Age Article Abstract The Bellyachers: How Marketers, Politicians Play to Our Worst Instincts Convinced That They're Bad Off, Consumers Tune Out Reality By Bob Garfield, Published on December 12, 2011 5 Want more Access, Content & Connections? Upgrade to Membership. We are glad you are enjoying Advertising Age. To get uninterrupted access and additional benefits, become a member today. Become a Member Already a member? Log in.