Never mind economics isn't a real study in the first place.
Never mind their flagship economic model (Keynesianism) is based on data only going back to 1947.
Never mind their Lord and Savior (John Maynard Keynes) explained ONE economic phenomenon in his life (the Great Depression)
And never mind every "great" contemporary economist today has failed in their job to get the economy going.
No, we're just going to sit and pout and (scramble) to find/concoct reasons our economic models aren't working and the economy is remaining stagnant despite trillions in stimulus spending.
But while they live-up to the phrase "those who can't do teach or work for the government," real economists are going to try to rationally explain why, despite trillions of dollars in stimulus spending, US economy growth is stagnating.
Enter - "Animal Spirits."
Animal Spirits is an economic term that is used to describe humans' natural "instinct" of sorts to capitalize on economic opportunities to (primarily) enrich themselves. And what is perplexing the
Well, there's some problems. While many on the left will point to consumer confidence, the commensurate spending is just not materializing. THis has resulted in a divergence between confidence and the velocity of money (the rate at which a dollar is received and then respent).
But if we look at another chart, you start to see something that is really killing those ungrateful, disobedient Animal Spirits - debt.
(it should be noted the chart only has data going back to 2009, but generally correlates with the velocity figure. The US FRED database for some reason only goes back to 2009 and I'm too damn lazy to go hunting for the data)
You see, that whole housing crash has had a lengthy effect on people's memories and thus psychologies. Gen X was obliterated during the housing crash, having whatever equity that may have been built up in their homes destroyed. And Gen Y is currently saddled with their student loans, not to mention the worst job market (for them) since the Great Depression, prohibiting them from spending money even if they wanted to.
Throw all the Keynesian stimulus you want at this population, it's been trained to become minimalists, eschew debt, and not play Keynesian ball.
The truth is that effectively two generations' faiths have been destroyed in their futures and the American dream. And when you take that away from any person, they have no real reason to mobilize as labor, let alone be foolish to start a business.
That sad truth for the charlatans posing as academian and government economists is that when your beloved leader does nothing to boost the economy and spews hatred against investment, success and private property (you didn't build that, not paying your fair share, 14% taxes on overseas profits, Obamacare) it scares away Animal Spirits no matter how much money you piss away on government deficits and no matter how low you set interest rates and no matter how much QE money you print.
You completely failed to instill ANY faith in the future of America, and worse, instead of painting a picture of a future America where success, profits, riches, and wealth are championed, you painted one where such things are criminalized and confiscated.
Your laziness, love for socialism, and envy of others has blinded you from practicality, effectiveness, and reality. And so you can print off all the money you want. Promise single mothers all the free housing you want. And make all the worthless community college degrees free to all 315 million Americans. None of this Keynesian poppycock will result in genuine confidence among the American people, especially the innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and other non-parasitic classes who are your only hope of growing the economy. Ergo, you can expect that velocity of money to stay nice and low and perhaps while you're down there try to scrounge around for some other lofty, theoretical reason your grand, master economic theories are failing.