It's obviously been hard not to think about the greed and short-sightedness that's got us in to the current economic predicament. But something really crystallized for me while reading a quote from the graphic novel The Watchmen (the same dialog is in the movie, too -'natch).
As they attempt to quell a riot, the Nightowl and the Comedian have the following short conversation in the midst of the chaos:
Nightowl: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America ? What's happened to the American dream ?
Comedian: It came true. You're lookin' at it.
We need a new American Dream. One that's not dreamt by spoiled, shallow, greedy children.