This from CNN Money's website: Fed: Recovery continues to slow "NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The U.S. economic recovery continues to lose steam, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday, but the central bank announced no new policies to try to spur growth. While the Fed said it expects improvement ahead, it cautioned "the pace of economic recovery is likely to be modest in the near-term." While the Fed did not announce any additional steps Tuesday, it was a bit more aggressive in what it promised to do in the future if conditions weaken further. In its statement, the Fed indicated it is prepared to "provide additional accommodation" in order to "return inflation" to slightly higher levels. But the Fed said there are numerous signs of weakness in the economy, including employers reluctant to add staff, a depressed housing market, a slowdown in the growth of business investment and only modest improvement in consumer spending." Fed: Recovery continues to slow - Sep. 21, 2010 Maybe someday the great minds in Washington will realize it may have been better NOT to attempt to stimulate the economy and let it bottom out naturally. Because true recovery can only start once that happens.