Wow! I was pleasantly surprised to read this article knowing it came from CNN. I agree 100% with their opinion piece on this topic. Keep up the good work CNN! The U.S. economy needs to break its stimulus habit The U.S. economy needs to break its stimulus habit - Term Sheet "Like its chemical analog (caffiene), an economic stimulus is a temporary jolt aimed at helping the economy over a rough patch, with the cost of the jolt paid for out of normal-times incomes. Unfortunately, like Paul, the U.S. has been taking economic stimuli every quarter for a decade, pretending that a sequence of temporary jolts is the same thing as economic growth. But true per-capita economic growth is the outcome of productivity-increasing innovation. You cannot engineer true economic growth by fiddling with fiscal or monetary policy or by financing excess consumption with shaky loans."