Our economy is 70% consumerism. That means it is mostly based on individuals buying stuff. So the current setup of our economy holds two basic facts:
- Individuals buying more stuff than they can afford to buy (based on their income) has a net effect that is good for the economy.
- When individuals lower their spending and save and invest money, the net effect is bad for the U.S. economy.
That said, should we even care about “the economy” in its current setup? If individuals were really doing what is good for themselves (saving and investing), it would be terrible for the economy.
So could Obama’s stimulus really work? Absolutely not. Not if you consider “it really working” to mean more than just temporarily. We don’t need a stimulus. We don’t need a boosted economy. We need a changed economy. There are only three ways out of [Read more…]