Economies recess. It happened at the end of Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. Come to think of it, it pretty much happened during the entire Carter presidency. How long do we stay there? That is determined by policies. Free people can grow their way out. Dependent people stay that way. When will someone ask whether the Great Depression was necessary. Did it really have to take 12 years and WW2 to end the Depression? If Government is the answer, then Dependency will be the result. After 4 more years of anemic growth, we will probably be begged to allow Obama another 4 years. Inspiring depressed people may get votes, but freedom grows an economy. People grow economies, not governments.