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I need help from those more versed in economics than I.

My 9yo hears a lot of talk about the bad economy. He knows that people are losing their jobs, that school days in our district may be cut, that Obama is trying to fix things, etc. But except for the tanking of his college fund (which I see no reason to get into with him), we haven't been affected. To him it's just this thing, "the bad economy" that he hears about.

Last night he asked, "Why is the economy so bad now? What happened?" And I really didn't know how to explain it to him. Heck, I barely understand it myself.

Can someone help me out with a simply worded explanation for a reasonably bright kid?