Maybe it isn’t so complicated after all…
For a while now, I’ve suspected that this holiday season could be the beginning of a turning point in seeing our economy start to rebound, and from the sales figures that are starting to come out from this past weekend, that may just be the case.
Now don’t misunderstand me…1 good weekend does not an economic recovery make.
It can signal that consumer confidence is on the rise, and that, as much as anything, can help get us going in the right direction again. In this case, I’m not sure that I’d give all the credit to consumer confidence, though. I think just as important, and perhaps even MORE important, is consumer frustration.
People like to buy things. Shiny. New. Things. We all want them, and when we can’t get them, we tend to get a bit agitated. I know that there are all sorts of fancy equations and well-paid analysts that could explain to us all in terms we’d likely never understand just exactly why the economy took a nosedive, and I’m sure they would be right…but…how much of it can be attributed to the simple fact that people with loud voices got on the TV and scared the hell out of all of us??
If you are constantly telling people that things are going all to hell with the economy, well, they tend to start believing it. And when they start believing it, they tend to stop spending. And when they stop spending, the numbers get worse, and then the people on TV get louder and scarier…and then…things have gone all to hell.
By the same token, I would think that if you start telling people that things are getting better, well maybe they’ll believe that, too. So that’s one of the reasons I’m writing this. I’m here to tell you…things are getting better.
I have no equations to support this…and for all I know, the powers that be may be planning to lay me off even as I compose this article ( I really hope not!!) …but I just think that people have had enough and are tired of being scared. And most of all, they are tired of not buying things.
So, while we will have to keep an eye on things to see if this is a short-term rebound or the beginning of a very real recovery, it is at least promising to see, and I’m sure we could all use a little good news about the economy.
Here’s a little more, just to keep you smiling. 🙂