The only way our GDP can grow is for the average American to constantly spend more money year after year. Or more specifically, Americans as a group must spend more year after year. Which means more and more people have to be working and also increase their wages....year after year. And the final step required for GDP to grow is that wages have to grow more than the cost of living...and that includes taxes. Anyone see that happening anytime soon? Now the kicker here for all you anti-corporate people (me among you) is that if all of the above doesn't happen, corporations can't grow profits to meet Wall Street's expectations. Until now, corporations have cut costs by cutting labor, so profits haven't been that bad. But the next few years don't look so hot for corporate America. One of the biggest demographic factors moving forward is the fact that college graduates are taking on so much debt, they won't be able to afford buying homes or having children for years after they graduate. A $150K college loan has to be paid back in 10 years! You don't get to pay it back like a mortgage, so the payments on that loan typically are equal to an average mortgage payment. Unlike mortgages, college loan payments do not add to our GDP. This is where we are and what our future looks like.... Unless some of our members have some ideas on any of the above. If so, fire away.