Consumer Spending accounts for 70% of economic activity in the U.S. The meaning of that fact can be depicted in different ways. Here are some, FlowingData, 9 Ways to Visualize Consumer Spending.
Here is another, using the growth of Target Stores over time:
There has been a substantial decline in consumer spending, and unless something is done, it will only get worse.
Stop wasting money on the bankrupt banks.
It's the consumers, stupid.
P.S. What's a stupid politician? A tautology.