I'm growing very tired of the word "consumer." Every time I turn on the TV, the talking heads are discussing "the consumer." Consumers aren't spending as much, consumers are cutting back, consumers are hurting, consumers need to increase their spending to save the economy. It's as though consumers are the only component of the economy. Oh, that's right. Thanks to many jobs being sent overseas and less production in this country, consumers are the lynch-pin of the U.S. economy. Without consumers (and their associated debt), we have very little other economic activity to fall back on, as seen in the current market crisis.
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