Prices are constantly going up, taxes always being added or changed - businesses closing and jobs constantly outsourcing to hire workers in foreign countries is all pretty negative on the economy.
Hell, the global economy as a whole isn't looking so hot right now. UK has experienced a drop in currency value recently and Germany's value is in a pretty steep recession at the moment as well.
War also isn't helping and neither is this whole snit with N. Korea - although recently there have been notices that the government has 'cut back spending'. Still, I think if they'd cut 30% out of their fat ass paychecks it'd go a whole hell of a long way to improving economy... and chill out on this ridiculous expenditure hunting down and incarcerating for marijuana.
Just stupid things swallowing up money and jobs vanishing or going under because they can't stay afloat with the inflation and lack of consumer purchases.
it's pretty much to the point where I don't think we'll hit a place like back in the Great Depression; because of the fail safes and currency value basically not being backed by capitol anymore - and if one of the big countries goes down everyone is going down so... -shrug-