Disenfranchised workers cannot help pull the economy forward

As many gush looney over bullish hopes for Black Friday shopping sales–as much as 226 million US shoppers were reported by some as shopping on the weekend, in a country of 125 million adults–the actual holiday sales numbers are likely to be more sobering. Especially if like in 2008, sales end up being front-loaded for the season at the Black Friday start. In addition more were using credit cards this year to buy. In a nation where the savings rate has recently fallen back below 4%, more credit use is digging the hole deeper not solving the problem. The bigger story is the increasing numbers of working and under-employed Americans who are now depending on food stamps to make ends meet (over 46 million and growing).
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