http://finance.yahoo.com/columnist/article/economist/19750 I found this article interesting, relevant to discussions usually seen around this forum, plus it actually changed my point of view a bit. Still, this is not an issue in which it's easy to find a perfect solution. Hmmm, perhaps America is still running at just slightly too high a gear (like an emerging economy) and needs to downshift a gear towards 'the left' and take it's place among the developed Western economic powers. -And that's incredibly difficult for me to say (I tend towards balls-to-the-wall capitalism, where growth is paramount). But, like a mature int'l corporation that gets so big it simply can't grow anywhere near the rate it used to, perhaps it's time to hike up the dividend, and return some wealth to all the shareholders rather than keep scratching for modest growth while neglecting the little guys. -To use an analogy.