"When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity."
-- John F. Kennedy
Amidst all this crisis talk, all that ever gets thrown about is the "this is the worst financial crisis since the Depression" jazz. The panic, the emergency plans, the dramatization of meltdowns. In other words, the "danger" side.
Why doesn't anyone think about the opportunity? Since we're in such a bad situation now, what's the risk in trying something new instead of turning to the old ways that have been proven wrong? Why not try actually deregulating and letting the market fix itself instead of insisting that there's been too much deregulation (there's been too much regulation, not its opposite)?
Just some food for thought. The glass is not always half empty.