Sure, we can just spend our way out of this debt and unemployment problem. Sure, we can raise taxes without curtailing investment but we can continue to enlarge government and not be concerned with outrageous spending and accompanying debt increase. In the meantime we can continue to support a variety of military operations of varying degrees all over the planet. We can do all these things because we are rich. We're broke and getting even more broke while our leaders continue to promote the illusion that we are rich. The mayors of some of our large cities cannot control crime so instead make shows of controlling their residents dietary habits. These and other actions are clearly signs of failed government.