Even with all of the S&P sectors showing double digit growth since Obama became President the stock market is determined to take the country down. Major corporations are sitting on 2.5 trillion in cash but as they push wages down they seem shocked to find that demand is falling. Consumers account for 70% of the economy (a link perhaps?) and the government that accounts for 20% of the economy is being cut to the quick by Red State governors and the Tea Bag Terrorists are poised to do the same for the same for the Federal Government (which will also impact the states, especially the red ones).
Wall Street is supposed to reflect the economy, indexes were invented to measure the health of the business sector (at least that's the story they tell) but now they are driving it into the gorge (click to see video). But don't worry gentle reader, Wall Street is able to make money on the way down even better than on the way up. All those trillions in derivatives that they have been selling start to be activated if things start to fall apart and how could that go bad? (remember the banks and companies that disappeared in 2008?) Those trillions the big corporations have sitting around can be put to work buying up everybody (smaller rivals that don't have huge war chests) and everything in the public commons for 10 cents on the dollar.