At a recent meeting with CEO's of several of the largest US corporations, president Obama said, Obama meets with CEOs to get cash 'off the sidelines' - Dec. 15, 2010 Obama: Get corporate cash 'off the sidelines' "NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- President Obama met with 20 prominent CEOs Wednesday, saying the session focused on jobs and how to get companies to pump the billions of dollars they're holding into the economy. "We focused on jobs and investment, and they [the CEOs] feel optimistic that, by working together, we can get some of that cash off the sidelines," Obama said as he walked back to the White House from the meeting." What scares me is that even a novist economists knows corporations can't increase production until there is demand for their products. That means you don't hire new workers nor invest in capital expenditures unless they need to. If my company's sales were down, we'd lay people off. That is what businesses are SUPPOSED to do. When demand increases above capacity, companies will hire & spend. There isn't any other way.