We can't borrow and spend our way into prosperity - a favorite Republican mantra, as expressed in this interview with House Republican Minority Leader, John Boehner. http://www.abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/Story?id=7373578&page=4 In that light, recall the Bush was proudly called "America's CEO". So if we are to view the US as a business, as the Republicans prefer to do, then tell me what successful company has not borrowed and spent it's way into prosperity? This is how business is done. Doesn't John Boehner know that? We have a country in desperate need of reorganization, which is precisely what Obama is doing - reorganizing the company to be successful. He is also borrowing money which is then invested so that the nation can prosper. He is doing what any businessman would do if handed a failing company and failed economic policies. He also rejects the notion that prosperity can be primarily a function of service-based industries and excessive consumer spending and debt. In other words, you can't run a company that has janitors, management, a cafeteria, and a gift shop, but no workers - no production. One point that has occurred to me lately: Historically, we can link GDP to population growth, but we only look at the growth here in the US. In a global economy, and if we can restructure as a competitive company, it seems inevitable that GDP can be linked to emerging markets and the population abroad. We do this by building a trade surplus. Note also that oil imports account for about half of our trade deficit, so by targeting energy, Obama is targeting for growth in the GDP in three ways. Firstly, he is targeting for growth by reducing oil imports. Secondly, he seeks to rapidly expand green industries, which would result in fewer imported green technologies needed to meet the demand for these technologies, domestically. Thirdly, he is targeting for exports of green technology.