It is my sincere belief that our federal gov't has lied and continues to lie about the true state of our economy. Unemployment has NOT improved and retail sales aren't up as they have been reporting. This is backed up by facts which are friends in the federal gov't refuse to share with us. Do you think it's ok for our gov't reps to lie to us about the true state of our economy in order to encourage people to spend or prevent panic? I don't. Here's proof retail sales are still trending downward; TMF: Retail Sales Up... NOT / Macro Economic Trends and Risks "But facts are facts, and if we go back to the actual reports from the states, if we look at what the sales tax receipts are, how can we have sales up by 2.4%, or by any percent, when sales tax receipts are down by, in some cases, double digit amounts."