Here is a talk by former Clinton Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, to spell out the ugly details of the current crisis:
The tragedy is that Reagan and the Republicans laid the foundations for this crisis 30 years ago. Bush took a federal surplus and turned it into a multi-trillion dollar deficit. And now Obama has been in office for 3 years and frittered those years away without providing a big enough stimulus or working hard to get the unemployed back into jobs. America has suffered 3 decades of abuse by the 1%.