“The economic slowdown is a more immediate, transitory and solvable problem with the proper medicine having been administered. The longer-run problems await a real response.”It is unclear if the stimulus is the proper medicine or if we’ll be over the short term dip before the check gets in our pockets. One long run problem is that Americans do not invest enough. The US’s investment rate is 15.6% (CIA FACTBOOK) ranking it 135 out of 148 countries with data. 134th Guatemala and 136th is the Philippines.
Perhaps a graph would also demonstrate the problem. The US is the red dot on the graph of investment as percentage of GDP and GDP per capita (PPP adjusted). The US is below most of Europe with 10 being about where Easter Europe and low GDP Western Europe GDP PPP (ln) fall.
So as the New York Times suggests, perhaps it is time to go on savings spree.
*** I wish I could make the graph bigger, but if you click on it you can look at it closer. I left out a few countries, but it is 110 minus a few where the formatting messed up my conversion.