posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 06:19 PM
Realistically speaking, there are two possible paths which could be called "best case scenario" depending on your point of view.
Path 1: The bailouts and stimulus work, credit is freed up, and commercial activity resumes. The banks would be able to pay back the bailout loans
the government handed over and our country would return to the prosperous era seen immediately following the Great Depression when people weren't
ruled by consumerism, yet were able to make comfortable livings and the middle class was the backbone of our society. Somehow the government manages
to prevent staggering hyperinflation from happening.
Path 2: The good times do not return and things get worse, causing the citizens of this nation to wake up and demand that our government be given back
to "We the People." A decade of very tough times ensues, followed by the reformation of the nation our Founding Fathers envisioned. We eventually
return to some levels of prosperity, but we do so while learning how to depend on ourselves rather than on our government and megacorporations. The
United States returns to being a producer nation mostly because of necessity.
I'd give either option a 25% chance. The remaining 50% centers on various gloom & doom situations or even plain old stagnation where we just sit in
this never ending cycle of malaise and blah for years. I'm including global war in the doom and gloom category even though I personally have never
been opposed to war for purposes of financial growth where the United States is concerned (Hey, at least I'm not a hypocrite... I openly admit that
sometimes war is good for business.) The reason I feel this way now is because I'm not sure the US could come out on top in a global war without
flat our destroying the rest of the world and, in turn, our own nation to boot. Too many countries out there with too many nukes for us to stage a
repeat of WWII.