GDP and statics coupled with the growing spread between the 1% and the 99% probably has more to do with it then any good decisions made by Govt. or
consumers . Just reading a interesting piece ," The Decline and Fall of the American State; Enjoy It"
"Whaaa? The poll, taken in 2014, looked at consumer and investor faith in the "product", i.e. the president, judiciary, legislative as well as
mainstream media, banks, big business, organized labor, organized religion, education, medicine and the scientific community."
The author says "The poll designers were either extremely naive or extremely perspicacious. They have cogently asked how we like our fascism, sunny
side up or easy over? Not surprising, the people indicated they'd prefer to skip breakfast, due to a growing queasiness in the pit of their
stomachs, and a sense that something is going to fall on our heads." hard not to have that feeling with what is on the 24/7 feed from our MSM eh
"The poll indicates that we are disgusted by government media, government legislation and 15 straight years of diktatcracy. We have no faith in the
justice system and organized religion, and our discontent with the corporate state of big business, big medicine, big education, and big science is
seething. All good signs of course, that change is coming. Our identity as "US Citizen" is becoming something we'd rather not talk about. This
is how all empires collapse, and the one led by Washington, D.C. is not special. Unlike all the children in Lake Wobegone, we are beginning to
recognize our child in D.C. is not above average or exceptional; rather he is a pretty nasty devil who is never going to make something of himself."
The piece should be read in full to appreciate the full context and creative style to express what may be really causing a shift .China is basically
starting to invest the many old $$ it gained by dirty coal but they want clean air and water as well so the new hegemon will invest in a bigger
project the the US ever did .imo
"Who knows for sure? What we can conclude from the Drudge headlines -- today and any other day, is that Washington, D.C. -- the whole of mess of
dictatorial money-printing, warmongering, bread and circuses madness -- is building palatial barges on Lake Nemi, ships designed for government excess
and partying, sex rings, drugs, vanity and murder, and these ships don't sail. The lasting contribution of these barges, like much of what our
federal government has constructed in the late 20th and 21st century, survives only as a symbol of a hated all-consuming state. Like the Lake Nemi
barges, the fanciful and frightening creations of Washington, D.C. will be sunk, destroyed, and shattered sooner than anyone expected."