No, we are not prepared for it! The only way we can deal with it is to identify and treat its causes. Unfortunately, the solution is not in the hands of the ordinary people, those who are affected most by it, but rather in the hands of the government. However, those in the government are not recognized for making the best economic decisions, but rather those which gain them the most votes. This is one of the root causes of the problem - political correctness. People who were not worthy of credit had it extended to them. Now they have defaulted on their loans, and the global economy is in turmoil. This is an issue which needs attention as part of the solution, but it will be a very unpopular one, and one which few politicians will be willing to undertake.