"Affluence, being the manure and water for spiritual growth, is not to be avoided."
The economy went through a serious recession and now appears to be stuck on a path of very slow growth. The current and projected growth rate is just barely exceeds enough jobs to keep up with new workers entering the job market. This means continuing high unemployment and many working in part time or less skilled jobs than what they are capable of performing. The historical weakness of the recovery indicates that federal policy has as best been inconsequential to the recovery or possibly in the end hindered the recovery.