There is one positive thing you can say about this current 20-month recession: good news, in that America began to scrimp and save as much as they can before the economy bottomed out recently.
That is some proof that we have learned from the past-hopefully. However, what about the government? Has it learned? Are they going to continue to spend money they don't have to try to help people gain items they may or may not need, or could have originally found a way to get the help themselves?
There is really a fine line here. I think whenever accept help you have to weight the consequences. What will it do to your personal freedom? What will it do to your future? What will it do to the future of your country?