Winner Of The Great Recession: Government
The big winner from "The Great Recession" however remains big government. In America, as well as in almost all other countries, government spending has increased dramatically relative to the private sector. Between Q3 2007 (the last quarter before the recession) and Q2 2009, the share of GDP going to government purchases rose from 19.0% and 20.7%, a 9% relative increase ((20.7-19.0)/(19.0)). If you also include transfer payments, the increase in government spending is even larger.
And generally, even though the policies of the government institution known as the Fed (as well as the Fed's fellow central bankers in other countries) was responsible for the crisis, the risk is that government interventionism will be the real winner from this crisis.