They all had a different description of what it was they were touching and feeling, depending on their area of perspective.
The news media and our political leadership are like that:
Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.(NY Times, The New Poor). This "American economy" being talked about is the same one John McCain talked about circa September of 2008.
McCain spoke of it only a few days before the Treasury ran screaming to congress, emphatic that the economic sky was falling.
That episode scared the pants off congress, which gave rise to TARP bailouts of banks with your money.
McCain said the "American economy" was fundamentally sound, and he was right if you know what he was in reference to.
The MOMCOM elite have their "American economy"; the scraps they let trickle down from it is the economy of the people.
The Times article hints that they now want to call the economy of the people "the poor economy".
John McCain is right, the "American economy" of MOMCOM is doing quite well thank you, after all they are being paid the big bucks for two wars.
The big picture, if you put all the blind men's stories together, is that the U.S. economy has been taken over by an economic military coup which has the spirit of Napoleon:
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.(Napoleon Bonaparte). The Treasury has been plundered as our 4th president, James Madison, forewarned, and as General and later President Eisenhower forewarned.
The main coup operation was propaganda based, telling you over and over 24/7 that you are in danger, be afraid, and give your dollars to MOMCOM and she will take care of you.
Eisenhower saw through it and described it as theft via extortion:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.(General / President Eisenhower). She will make you poor for a long, long time, because everyone is afraid to diminish her budget to a decent size.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.