Seems like Deflation is getting into action what are the 'jump start' alternatives available to the US. 1) Start war with Iran.........can go zippo if they do not fight back and become good guys. 2) Slow the removal of troops from Iraq and increase in Afganistan. While it costs billions to maintain, these billions also are channeled to various industries supplying the military....machines, dresses, food etc. 3) Stop all the hybrid energy programs. Higher crude prices justify higher prices which in turn keep companies in the profit and just not laying off people. But a very fine line here. 4) Encourage 'New Gaints' China, India, Brazil to keep consumption high and invest in their infrastructure by taking low interest loans from the US. 5) Give temporary bailouts to companies, people which keeps them going to work and not to the welfare offices. The money will have to be returned later on. 6) Drastically cut government budgets in order to make the bailouts more practical without messing up the basic accounting principles. Obama has a tough task at hand and he should not look at second term but how to run a good shop and clean out atleast half of the toxic issues.