We are right now a carbon copy of this lost decade: Same economic problems, same economic circumstances that brought us to this economic collapse. Japan in the 1980's had the stock market of all time. Property values were also sky-rocketing, selling vacant land at about $50,000.00 per sq. foot. Of course, their stock market crashed & property values dropped to 5% of their prior value. Bank loaning practices were as bad as we have seen with Freddie/Fannie--they too were lending to people who could not afford to re-pay the loans. The government of Japan--threw billions in spending back into the economy. IT DIDN'T WORK. It lasted for 10 years, each new Prime Minister kept throwing government money at the problem in new spending bills to re-vitalize it. Finally a conservative Prime Minister, told the truth to the citizens of Japan--that they were going to go through some pain. The government stopped throwing money at the problem & the economy RECOVERED. Barack Obama's theory is that Japan did not act fast enough in throwing money at the economy to revive it. That's why he is determined to rush this bill through. Many other economists disagree--stating that when the government stopped trying to solve the problem by throwing billions at it, is finally when Japan's economy came back. DID YOU KNOW: The United States also had a lost decade. It was called the Great Depression. President Hoover a republican & President Roosevelt a democrat, both threw billions at road, bridge & dam projects. They didn't work. It was WW2 that eventually brought us out of the Great Depression.