The markets have turned positive on hopes that the Federal Reserve will deliver more economic stimulus. This is confusing. We already have the lowest interest rates in our history. The Fed has pumped all kinds of money in to the economy and yet the recovery has been lagging at best. The President and his financial advisors would probably answer by saying “can you imagine what would have happened if we hadn’t dumped in all that money”. For one thing, our debt would be lower. At some point the economy must heat up and the recovery must grow some legs. The United States is certainly not Spain, but enough is enough. What this country needs is a rebirth, not a doing things the way we always do them approach. If the economy hasn’t heated up yet, the answer is not dumping more money in to it. That again is fantasy land and an illusion. What we need are highly trained, highly educated workers with an emphasis on technology, engineering, and health fields. We are faced with two choices, a) artificially stimulate the economy in hopes it will improve before the money runs out, or b) face the music now and solidify the foundation so we can begin the building of a bright future. Our biggest problem is that we haven’t wanted to change the way we do business. We do the same thing over and over again and expect different results; Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. The daily nonsense of European stimulus, Spain, Greece, Italy and the effects on the Dow is getting tired and boring. Let’s take care of our own house so if Europe doesn’t take care of theirs we will still be positioned well. One only need look north of the border to see how well Canada fared in comparison to us during the recession. Yes, Canada was affected but because of her solid banking fundamentals, much less so than we. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. It’s time to start walking.