In order to understand what Wall Street and Neo-cons did to our economy and the world, it is easiest to realize that they are essentially modern-day pirates in tailored suits.
Pirates are greedy. No amount of wealth is enough. For many, rich is making $1 million a year, which is equivalent to a $500/hr job. But Wall Street views rich as a billionaire, which is obscenely greedy, because $1 billion is like having a job which pays $500,000/hr. A billionaire could spend $20 million every year, for 50 years, and still have money left.
Pirates make plans to profit off of any weakness or opportunity. Wall Street lobbyists push deregulation and weak enforcement in order to create weaknesses, which Wall Street exploits as opportunities to rake in tens of millions or billions.
Pirates rake in more money than they can ever use, so they bury it on islands hidden with treasure maps. Modern pirates rake in more money than they can ever use, so they bury it in numbered Swiss bank accounts hidden with secret passwords.
Pirates are running Wall Street and our government, which means the rest of us are the peasants. When pirates pillage a town and steal the money, the peasants are the ones who pay w/ more taxes, get less services, and feel greater pain. That is the story of 2000 to now.... at least until the peasants decide to fight the pirates and battle the greedy.