Nothing is improving and yet everyone is still trying the same damn thing and hoping for different results. Operation Twist? It makes no sense but hey, it's the Fed. Running an austerity program in a weak economy is like taking your foot off the gas pedal and believing the car will go faster. It's been shown in the past that it doesn't happen. But hey, the Citizens of Rock Ridge and the Europeans ignore history -- well the Citizens don't ignore history, they know relatively very little of anything outside of their bibles. Operation R.E.T.A.R.D. (Republicans Elected To Advocate a Real Depression) appears to be in full swing ever since the Citizens of Rock Ridge voted in their favorite economically/historically/factually challenged brethren. The vote to fund the govt that failed last night will be voted on again tonight and if that fails then the govt is on its way to shutting down next week. 2.78% on a 30 year and people are worried about spending. The Brent Spence Bridge which has been cited to account for 3-4% of GDP is in really bad shape. And the republican response: Govt spending bad. Fixing bridges are bad as it means jobs will be created. Govt creates jobs?!?! It is rather treasonous to tank the economy to get elected. Then again these people rely on ignorance and fear to get elected. Sort of how America's Taliban (Christians) operate to fund their operations. So where will the NBER officially claim the recession has started? The current quarter (Q3 2011) or Q4 ? Someone should find out whether the machines in Greece are being retrofitted to taking the drachma again. Prosperity will return when the crack runs out and sanity returns. Not happening anytime soon.