When an economy slows down, money movement slows down, production slows down, available jobs decrease, unemployment rises, need for a safety net rises.
To stop this merry-go-round, government funded projects, big ones, such as Roosevelt's dam projects, Eisenhauer's highway project, or Kennedy's space project, need to occur. These projects solved problems of their day.
We have great need to get off fossil fuels and explore, experiment, invent new ways of harnessing natural energy, i.e. sun, water, thermal, wave action, wind, etc.
Obama could become a man of the century if he could get out from under the skirts of his financers. Why hasn't he? He is smart enough to see the need and the possibilities. I wonder if he has pressures put on him to not take that next step? I can see it in his eyes! He wants more and holds back. I don't think he is a man based on greed. I think he is concerned about his family and his survival if he were to take such courageous steps.
Of course I could be wrong.