The link below is to, in my opinion, very honest assessment of where we are economically as a country. It doesn't look good but if you read the other link we may be able to repair it.
This link is to a book that explains in plain English why the economy can't be saved by politicians and how the economy works. I haven't read the entire book but found what I have read to be very good. It was included with the response from one of the first after the article.