While giving away money would be incredibly stupid, I think the most importing thing to focus on is jobs. Look at the jobs that exist here in the US and compare them to other countries. The majority of jobs in the US are sales-oriented. Fewer than 15% are manufacturing jobs. Simply put, 15% of the people here make stuff while 85% of the people here sell that stuff. The reason that number is so out of whack is because the manufacturing jobs have all migrated overseas. The money that is supposed to pay our workers goes to workers overseas, paying to ship things, and paying foreign suppliers. US-owned corporations are shipping our entire economy out of the country. We all sell crap and then we all go out and buy all the crap that everyone else is selling.
Just look at what they’re trying to do to ‘stimulate’ the economy: They’ve given people money so they will go out and buy crap. That’s our entire economy. That money isn’t going to other US citizens. You go out and buy stuff and the only economy your stimulating is China’s or Korea’s. All of thet money goes out of the country to pay for the manufacturing and shipping of those goods so that people here in the US can buy them. They’ll have to keep ‘stimulating’ the economy over and over because none of that money comes back. WE DON’T EXPORT ANYTHING. We import EVERYTHING. The only thing we export is our money, and we’ve been doing it so long now that we’re totally broke, and they’re inflating the dollar to compensate.
You want to ‘stimulate’ the economy, Stop shopping at Walmart, start going to the local stores owned by local people and buy the stuff that’s made in the USA. Even if it costs an extra buck. At least you’ll know that that extra buck stays here.
People used to make a big deal about foreign auto sales and they used to tell people to buy american, but those factories are located here and employ and pay US citizens to do the work, and many of the parts are also supplied from US parts dealers. It’s the little things that you buy every day that are killing us.
Seriously, this is a huge huge problem, and it’s the one that will end up destroying us. When we start running out of shit to sell and all of those sales jobs start collapsing, then you’ll see layoffs and unemployment skyrocket. When companies start downsizing like they’ve been it means fewer people to buy stuff, which means less sales jobs needed, which means cutbacks in sales positions, which means fewer people to buy stuff, which means less sales jobs needed, which means cutbacks, etc etc etc. Once we get onto that cycle it’ll be really hard to break it. We need to increase domestic manufacturing and we need to stop importing and start exporting.