I find a real irony in discussion of the economic stimulus package under consideration to give out money to consumers in the expectation that they will immediately spend it, to our general benefit. Prof. Elizabeth Warren started a discussion of the economy’s reliance on consumer spending.
Commentators and economists consider a stimulus dollar that is saved to be wasted in the equation of avoiding recession. Yet the people I see daily need some savings more than any material thing you can name. They live from paycheck to paycheck, they have nothing for emergencies much less retirement.
While I don’t buy the canard that most people in bankruptcy recklessly overspent, there is something wrong with an approach to the economy that is dependent on continuous consumer spending.
Savings needs a better publicity agent.