After watching the video a few times below it dawned on my that maybe the challenge (I am going to refer to it also as "problem" going forward) is the lack of focus people seem to have regarding the economy and even regarding their daily lives. I do not remember the world as well as I would have liked growing up in the 70's and 80's but I know this; with less distractions available at my disposal even as a child I had no other choice but to focus on what I was personally doing. Whether that was sports, my dreaded homework (although I loved math...I know "looser!"), eating, talking at the dinner table with my mom, waiting in line, driving...think about all those same moments as now opportunities we have to not focus. The problem is we make excuses to not have focus and not look at big picture problems. People want to disect small ones because they are easier to consume and this is wildly true economically. Think about how much time we really spent on changing our economy for the 21st century. Not much, we pumped in some money and hoped to help prop up the one that broke. Sounds like a pretty bad idea. Now, I do lean politically left and I think Obama is doing what he can to help the economy but he should have done more to convince us all over a longer period of time to focus on what will get us somewhere that will be useful instead of convincing congress to cough up a big check. I would say Health Care looks to be something that took time and will in the long run be a great program but other than that, we are pretty bad at taking our time.
Similar to the digestion of media. If its not in a 140 characters most of the connected world does not have time to read it. And because we are presented with so much of it there is no way to get through all of it. Again, the problem is peoples focus and the world we now live in that almost requires you to move on to the next new item on ones plate. Be it a tweet, an assignment or the need to not focus on one tiny much smaller topic, the root of the problem is our now lack of ability to stay focused. The more unfortunate part of this change in the economy as it relates to society is that people expect changes to happen faster, with less effort and of course without having to focus on implementation which can take months, years or even decades and who the heck has time for that!?!? :)
Sorry I could not resist taking a cheap shot at us all and of course at our own expense. Society is not to blame for our problems economically or otherwise it is our lack of focus that has to be course corrected. At the same time we all need to assume a more reasonable time-line for measuring success in the economy and of course in society at large. FOCUS PEOPLE!