The Onion has a painfully funny article today: Recession-Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble to Invest In. It hurts because it's true. Excerpts from the article:
"Perhaps the new bubble could have something to do with watching movies on cell phones," said investment banker Greg Carlisle of the New York firm Carlisle, Shaloe & Graves. "Or, say, medicine, or shipping. Or clouds. The manner of bubble isn't important—just as long as it creates a hugely overvalued market based on nothing more than whimsical fantasy..."
"The U.S. economy cannot survive on sound investments alone," Carlisle added.
[...]"America needs another bubble," said Chicago investor Bob Taiken. "At this point, bubbles are the only thing keeping us afloat."