I wrote in this column in early 2002 that Time magazine erred in not naming U.S. consumers “Person of the Year,” in recognition of their impressive purchases of cars and houses in the 2001 recession.
The U.S. consumer has stayed remarkably resilient, even in the face of a recovery with declining family income. Now, however, many forecasters see them as they would Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid trying to escape from the Bolivian army: you may have a good run, but the forces you are about to face are overwhelming.
Read more here.
The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.