20 Signs That The American Consumer Is Now Completely Tapped Out

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
By Paul Martin

Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse
BusinessInsider.com
Sep. 15, 2010

Many economists have been mystified that even though the recession is “over”, American consumers have not opened their wallets and started spending again like they normally do at the end of a recession. News report after news report has encouraged Americans to grab their credit cards and to head out to the stores and start spending again, but it just is not happening.

So why are things different this time? Well, for one thing there is a lot of fear in the air. Poll after poll after poll shows that faith in the economy has collapsed and that large numbers of Americans fear that things are going to get even worse for the economy soon. But for millions of other Americans there is another problem – they couldn’t spend more money if they wanted to.

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