The economic recovery lie is a big issue these days. We hear all the hype about the stimulus package and how this or that is working to get our economy back on track. And, it's true that President Obama has been talking about his stimulus package and what he is doing to help people. But, have we seen any actual recovery? Has the recovery increased economic activity? What can we look for to tell if the economic recovery lies in hand?
One thing we can look at to gauge whether or not the stimulus package is working is job growth. We are sure that there were plenty of jobs that went on the chopping block because of the financial crisis. However, since the start of the stimulus package, we've seen an increase in job creation. If you add together all the job creation that's happened since the start of the recession and then the job losses, you'll probably find that more jobs have been created than lost.
Another thing we can look at to gauge the effectiveness of the economic stimulus package is the amount of economic activity that is going on in the financial markets. As it turns out, we've seen an increase in both stock market activity and commercial real estate activity. It looks as though we are beginning to turn a corner on the economy and the recovery is beginning to move forward. While the stock market has been on a bit of a slow start over the past couple of years, it is starting to pick up now and this could bode well for overall economic growth moving forward.
When looking at the economic recovery, another thing we should be looking at is consumer spending. When the economy was recovering, people were getting out of the house more and spending more money. Now, that spending seems to have slowed and or even stalled and this is something that worries many people. So, if consumers are no longer spending as much, what is the impact on the economy? Well, it's a good question and the answer is… less.
When the economy is recovering, consumers spend less because they are fearful of losing money. If you have lots of consumer debt and low interest rates, then you might feel scared by the current economic situation. So, it is really in the consumers' best interest to make some purchases now while the interest rates are low and even before they start going back up. This will make it easier for you to pay off your debt and it will also help the economy recover faster. So, while the stimulus package may not make sense right now, think about the long-term positive effects when the economy . . . . . . recovers.
The economy is not going to jump back to its full potential in a short period of time. However, if you take a long enough view and give it some time, you will see that the stimulus package is helping to make things a little bit easier on us. The economic recovery lie is that we should rely on the American economy and not worry about what others are doing. When the economy does rebound, it will be on its own power and you will not be able to make any claims about the economic stimulus package.