The recession - or moribund economic progression - that we've been dealing with since George W. Bush left office is like no other this country has ever dealt with. Millions of jobs have been lost (which is not a first) and, this time, may never return (which is).
I'm not alone in thinking this:
Fears persist the jobs crisis cannot be fixed, says Edward Luce
If we are going to "fix" the economy this time, we are going to need to make sweeping changes to the way we do things. And I don't see Washington letting us do that.
So expect this awful situation to remain awful.
Until someone with strength of character and a big ax comes along ...