This new decade crept in quietly, compared to the drama of 2000 and the supposed global computer meltdown. Or did it? In October 2008, the US experienced a near meltdown - real, not imagined - of the entire economy. That disaster averted, Americans then ricocheted into the Great Recession of 2009. Nationwide, unemployment figures soared to over 10 percent and, in some pockets of Indiana, to nearly 20 percent. In many parts of the country, consumers face the financial pain of owing more money on their homes than their homes are worth. Personally, the author believes that Americans will enjoy a full and complete recovery. He does not expect it will happen entirely in 2010, but he believes the seeds have been planted that will grow the economy during the next several years.