I'm sorry but this author has done nothing more than mine the rash ideas of people who are not experts in understanding the economy. Rush as a source of economic info? Really? And calling John Williams an economist doesn't make him one. The ideas he posts on his blog (shadowstats) are routinely debunked. And finally a Reuters journalist round out her economic dream team. If TH wants to pay you (I presume you get paid?) for scary sounding but toothless analysis/commentary it's their dime. Nevertheless, your readers deserve better - no?