Will somone tell me how a 'Consumer Economy' can exist? With no maufaturing base, no energy and overbearing regulation how can there be wealth creation and therefor job creation? Who in their right mind would invest in the U.S. to create a product when he knows he will be harrassed by the government who is now led by their "Progressive" noses by SEIU, eco-freaks, and corrupt internationl corporations/banking concerns? It makes no sense to me. Green Jobs? B.S. . We can't manufacture the componenents so we have to buy them from non-suicidal countries. (Which is exactly what we are as a nation, SUICIDAL. IMO. the U.S. is finished. Short of revolt along the lines of the French revolution or the appearance of another George Washington in our millitary willing and able to seize power, remove congress, reinstate the Constitution and step down (Washington did refuse the kingship of America), we as the engine of freedom for the world, will cease to exist within the next decade. What we will be I have no idea but I doubt very seriously it will be pleasant. "We the people" have failed to guard our liberties and allowed creaping tyranny to steal our childrens futures. But again to the original question- How can a 'Consumer Economy' even exist? Only a dumbed down population can't see the fallacy of the premise.