Oops!: Consumers Unfairly Taken to Task

You may have read my blog posting yesterday which discussed Governor Richardson’s campaign debt and drew a connection between the fiscal irresponsibility of our politicians and the citizenry as a whole. It turns out that I was being a bit hard on the spending and borrowing habits of my fellow Americans. As Harry Messenheimer pointed out in a few emails, the fact is that American consumers are not in nearly as bad of shape as the mainstream media would like us to believe.
Debt as an aggregate figure is irrelevant. What really matters is real net wealth — and it is way up and continues to climb. Indebtedness is simply a number and it can simply mean that more people are buying houses. So, there you have it. Government debt is relevant and rising dramatically. Debt as a simple number is not a good measure of the average Americans’ real economic picture.