The key to get the economy going and humming along is to get money into the hands of the non-wealthy... counting upon their spending it. In the 40-90's (?) it was high union wages... but that ended with "outsourcing" to low labor-cost countries. In this last go-round, it has been "bubbles"... first stocks, then real estate. Whats coming next is Socialism. Through higher taxes on the wealthy and hand-outs of money & benefits and reduced taxes on the non-wealthy, the non-wealthy will get more money into their hands to spend. In addition, there will be "federal works projects"... many unemployeds will find work on the roads and electric grid much like FDR's programs after the Great Depression. And of course there will be larger deficits, greater inflation, and currency debasement. Once the wealthy have been stripped of their assets (and/or its buying power), a large percentage of us will all be about the same economically... all except the Gummint of course... they will still be the fat cats. I think that's where we're going. I think it will work to a degree at least for a while. These changes will be permanent. There will be no turning back.. for once federal spending on social programs get entrenched in the system, they are virtually impossible to remove... regardless. I also think we will end like the former Soviet Union before its collapse... and the future of or kids and grandkids is grim.