... or at least that's what I've read you should do.
The more I educate myself about the financial crisis, the less I understand just what it is we're trying to accomplish with all this thrashing around.
Is it job growth? No. Jobs come from profits. We don't like profits.
Is it long-term financial health? No. No one strives for long-term financial health by burying themselves in debt. Even the most profligate credit card hound doesn't lie to himself like that.
Is it eradicating poverty? No. We're several decades into the War on Poverty and we seem to be stuck in a quagmire. Besides, we've got mountains of statistical evidence telling us where poverty comes from and we ignore that because it sounds to prudicious.
The only thing I can think of as our goal is to get the incumbents re-elected. In order to do that, you've got to come up with short-term solutions and not tell the public that they need to change their behavior.