Here's a sad lesson: if you ever really want to know what's going on in the USA, watch UK news. Here's an absolutely crushing news piece that aired on the BBC:
Yes, that's right. Tent cities, latter-day Hoovervilles, are back. Never read The Grapes of Wrath? Well, now you won't have to. Just go drive around America for a while. That should give you a pretty good flavour.
And yet, the clowns in charge still swear up and down the USA isn't in recession. Ridiculous. But don't worry folks, Dubya is sending everyone a cheque for $600. Totally useless if you're on the verge of losing your house, but totally awesome if you live in a tent. That kind of cash will buy a lot of ice for your cooler. Just hope the mailman knows where to find you.