everybody who thinks that the recession was caused by federal spending (i.e.: the stimulus and the health care bill) needs to look at that link. People have such short memories. They act as if this all just happened overnight. it was the result of decades of bad trickle down and deregulation policies that started with Reagan (you could even go back to Nixon really) and were fostered by every administration since (including Clinton) and culminated in the ultimate corporate recklessness under the Cheney administration.
Obama has been handed such a giant pile of shit. I know people don't want to hear him pass the buck and blame the previous administration but in reality all of this really is their fault. they screwed the pooch so bad it is going to take decades to fix.