I don't know how I could possibly agree with that statement. The U.S. government is a ginormous economic force to be reckoned with, hands down.I wish people could get the irony of having an economic stimulus bill in the first place. Because the government has never been the economic engine of the country. It's the people, their small business, their ingenuity. There is nothing in that bill that gives me any indication the politicos in Washington understand that fact.
I'm not saying it's the only force, or the driving force. Your other points are well taken. But I think you severely underestimate the gov't role.