I am so tired of seeing Obama being picked on for slow growth in this country. I am so tired of hearing that more growth will solve our budget problems. Our country needs to reduce the deficit ... run a tighter ship ... lure companies back to the USA and get used to lower growth numbers in the near and possibly mid range terms. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/b...ped-world-economic-growth-contracts.html?_r=0 Ahh yes ... we did better not by printing more money ... we did better because the private sector trimmed the fat and recapitalized. Now imagine if Uncle Sam decided to do the same. If the frauds in Congress and the Senate produced real budgets, cut the fat, eliminated redundancy in government jobs. Cut the fat from the top of the military budget ... cut foreign aid and declared a moratorium on pork being part of Congressional bills. We would have a tighter, leaner and meaner government that had a much stronger dollar that could purchase more. That purchasing power would expand the markets enough to help compensate for the shrinking of markets elsewhere. As long as we remain fixed on growth as our budget solution we are doomed to failure to improve. I'm not even throwing peak oil in here which is part of the problem in the world wide view. We have a government too interested in political power through the magic of printed paper money which has no "0" gold to back it up. I'm not even going to discuss that ... but I could and it's also a huge part of the problem. You cannot create wealth via the printing press ... for every action there are equal reactions elsewhere. Our government need look no further than how much the Germans paid for goods when their government tried the printing the money game. Did I mention our huge trade imbalance ... nothing to do with growth right .... wrong :bricks: Could you fill a swimming pool that was leaking water faster than a garden hose could replace? You can't fix an economy by trying to print more money than what is leaving the country either.