Our Dystopian Future: The U.S. Economy Six Months from Now

The recession is over, we're told by Bernanke, Geithner, and Summers, it's time for an exit strategy, to wind down the economic stimulus before it turns inflationary. Big banks are booming, TARP funds are coming home to roost, the market's up, the Fed has stopped buying mortgaged-backed securities, and the first-time home buyer tax credit will end in a few months.

Why, then, are we all still so nervous? Because the recession really isn't over, not for you and me. And, absent renewed stimulus -- for which there seems to be no political will -- we're screwed.

Here's a look six months in the future if the U.S. continues to follow its current economic course.