I have never really understood how the USA can have a A++ rating when it is over $17 trillion in debt but then i am not an economist but you don't to be to know that if you lend money someone already massively in debt, you can wave goodbye to it.
Now the world’s biggest economy has come to a virtual standstill with the Federal Reserve announcing growth had slowed to an annual rate of just 0.2% in the first quarter and the UK economy isn't doing much better with 0.3% growth which isn't what the Conservative Party want to hear a week away from the election.
At the same time, we also hear that the gap between the rich and the poor has grown even wider with the the combined wealth of Britain's 1,000 richest people more than doubling over the past decade.
That would be the past decade when the rest of us have been suffering under austerity which we was promised was needed to revive the economy and make everything better again after the bankers screwed us all over royally.
Obviously, if those at the top have more money but us at the bottom have less, then the famous trickle-down effect isn't working, it has just led to increasing levels of inequality, stagnating wages and a flat lining economy.
So if the trickle down isn't doing as promised by pandering to the rich with tax cuts and sweetheart deals, why not try the opposite and squeeze them with higher rates of tax on the rich and corporations, close every tax loophole and force them to pay their fair share.
We gave their idea a go and it stinks so let's have more financial incentives for the poor at the bottom and more punitive taxation for the rich at the top and let's see what happens.
As the figures show we are heading in the direction of yet another recession, so what is there to lose?