The Fed is proactive? You're kidding, right? A recession is traditionally defined in macroeconomics as a decline in a country's real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for two or more successive quarters of a year (equivalently, two consecutive quarters of negative real economic growth). That right there can be up to 6 months before a problem is even identified, let alone dealt with. The Fed must then decide what action to take. Once that's decided, there's lag time between the decision and implementation, and yet more lag time between implementation and results. No, but it precisely proves my point on the chaotic nature of the Beast. First of all, it's not just Farmers who would be in each local government, but rather, a whole slew of people, each with their own skills and contributions. Second, while it would take some time, having a socialist economy, you could figure out the ebbs and flows, and learn to nip them in the bud. Give it a few years, and the plan fall into place. It will, of course, be different for each place, and will be up to each government to decide their own plan. It's a bum knee, actually. You are virran! VIRRAN!