When people find themselves in financial dire straits, what do most intelligent people do? I know that when I've found myself in financial turmoil, I've cut my spending drastically and changed my lifestyle accordingly. I've also worked harder and more hours, at times for less pay. This was the only way I have ever been able to find that successfully improved my overall well being. So when we as a country find ourselves in financial dire straits, why is it that the supposed answer to turning things around is a quick fix of spending even more money that we don't actually have? It seems to me that what works best for the individual should also work best for the collective, collective being us, the people of the US. I'm sure there are many complex answers as to why our government needs to do more, but in the end, is this course we are headed on going to really help us or just do more harm?