America has been so coddled as a society since the fall of the Soviet Union that we need a good crisis to teach us the value of thrift, self-control and hard work. Just like the excess of the Roaring Twenties led us into the Great Depression, our decadence and the idea that prosperity is assured has given us this recession.
Obama's busy touting his victory now. We lost the election by a few percentage points. Maybe when we've gone through worse hard times, and Tea Party Republicans push real conservative values, a few more percentage points of the people will say, "Yeah, Obama DID get what he wanted, and look where we are now. I'm voting for someone who will actually trim the budget and make America business friendly."