Consumer spending is a huge part of our economy and I keep reading about it again and again. I don't mean this to sound stupid, but what else would an economy be based on? If it's not your consumers spending, then it would be you making exports for another country's consumers, right? What other kind of spending would be more healthy - it seems government spending isn't really healthy since the consumers ultimately pay for it anyway through taxes. If corporations spent money amongst themselves and that made up more than the consumer spending, it seems like that wouldn't work either because then the money put into the end product would be more than the money charged for it. If an economy is by definition measured by how much money gets spent, and the end person doing the spending is defined to be a consumer, then I don't see how an economy isn't by definition mostly consumer spending. The only choices really are if it's your country's consumers or another country's consumers. Is there something I'm just missing in my thinking?