Someone else posted this thread a while ago. It died lonely and forgotten, but I thought I would try and resuscitate it. A few ground rules, just to make life more fun. If you want to do Neener neener, it is X's fault, do so on the thread for that purpose, or make a new one one for that purpose. It is already at 7 pages. But that kind of thing bores me. Just give a list of ideas that you think would bring back the economy and why it would work. If you have issues with someone idea, create a thread for that discussion, but post your own ideas here only. For me, I would like to see the Min wage rescinded back to 2007 levels. Unemployed is not better than working for peanuts. 2 a real tax cut for everyone getting wages less than 100,000. Not the small joker that 0bama gave, but something more real. Fannie Mae and Freddie go back to the old standards for basic loan packages. However, they can also create 'sub prime' packages and sell them either as 10% sub prime in a regular package or as just plain high risk high return portfolios. Either way, the derivative buyers would know what they were getting, rather than loads of junk disguised as quality loans. If the derivative buyers know they are getting better quality stuff, they might be more willing to buy. the government has no business running private business in competition with other businesses. All the stock the government has accumulated over the past year should be put into a mutual fund, which should be sold off. All the bad loans the government has bought should be packaged and sold as high risk securities. Any other good or bad ideas?