I'm feeling stupid right now
I lost $100 betting on a shell game once. I mean that literally. It was so easy to follow which shell the little ball was under. Until they took my money and tricked me of course. After they took my money, it was so easy to see in hindsight that the ball was not under ANY of the 3 shells by the time I picked. Boy did I feel like an idiot. I was much more angry at myself for being so stupid than I was at the scam operators.
I feel that way now about the little trick our government has just perpetrated. It seems so obvious in hindsight. Here's the trick:
1) Keep the mood, outlook and confidence levels low in order to make sure the massive stimulus package gets passed. "Look at the stock market going down every day. We have to DO SOMETHING".
2) Now that the stimulus package has been passed, be an economic and market cheerleader.
Blindingly obvious now, after the fact. If you were someone who realized that the ball had been snuck away from all three shells before you got to pick, congratulations. I didn't see it.