At present , while retailers and a few economists stilll make the case that more consumer spending would be a really great thing , our nations's political leaders have concluded that it's too soon to issue calls for more shopping . New York Times columist David Leonhardt makes a clever pitch for spending now on things that will save you money later-such as Kindles and Costco memberships .
Still , the approach remains paradoxical . Our profligacy has gotten us into trouble , and so the response is ... more profligacy ? There is no shortage of critics who contend that today's massive government spending is simply laying the foudation of another financial crisis , this one centering on a loss of confidence in Treasuries and the dollar .