"See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil..." I think that's what most Americans prefer to do. Bring up how bad our economy is, and most prefer to change the subject. So if that's what you like, read no further. But it's REAL bad folks...and it's going to get worse...perhaps a LOT worse in the years ahead. One fact is certain, we are not close to gettting back on track to a "Normal" economy. -Europe is crashing and will enter a very deep recession soon -China will probably experience their first recession in 30 years -Major signs of DE-flation are showing up in the US -Ben Bernanke has basically stated "The Fed is out of bullets..." -Canada, China and Australia are about to experience the same real estate bust we saw in the US very soon Understanding the above facts, it is clear there will be no magic bullets to "Fix" these things. Each of them must be played out no matter what gov'ts do. Americans have to deleverage their debt, Corp. banks must unload bad assets (real estate), and governments have to learn to spend within their means. None of this can be avoided and none of it will work itself out quickly. I have an empty home across the street from me that the owners walked away from. That was one year ago...to this date, the bank has done nothing to sell the house. It sits there with the grass over-growing everything as if it will rot away. This is reality folks...it sucks and it's scary as hell, but it's the Real World.