. Here's an excellent, fair piece that discusses the nature of the meltdown and how economic experts can't say for sure how quickly we should be expected to recover from it. I put economic experts in bold, as opposed to political pundits, talk show hosts and partisan politicians: Judging recovery time from the Great Recession - Capitol Report - MarketWatch No one can say for sure that they understand the entire breadth, depth and complexity of this disaster, nor can they say how quickly and how well we "should" recover. Especially on a radio talk show or internet message board. But by all means, don't let that slow down the partisan bullshit. .