Since 2009 there has been no meaningful economic recovery for most Americans. People often wonder the percentages of the haves and have nots. We hear about the 1% and even the 10%. I would take an educated guess and tie it to the percentages that have been associated with right track/wrong track. Since 2009 most surveys have shown 75% to 80% of Americans unsatisfied with the direction of the country. While true may say this for non economic reasons common wisdom would say their beliefs are economically oriented (or "its the economy stupid.)
The big banks and Wall Street recovered gratis the Federal Reserve. Corporations have had near free money to buy back stock, buy out competitors, and pay higher executive pay.) The investor class benefited from a pumped out stock market. For the most part 75%-80% of Americans received no such benefit. None of this flows down hill to the lower classes.
The reality is that the top 20% cannot make up for reduced demand for the bottom 80%. Many included in that 20% are living life comfortably but not millionaire or billionaire style. Millionaires and billionaires can only consumer so much. This is where we stand now, falling demand.
The continuation of easy to get credit (think auto subprime) helped to defray some of the drop. Now that is ending fast as consumers are again muddled in debt. Look at what is happening with retail. They will bold face deny it until the collapse. Ben Bernanke claimed the system was strong three weeks before Lehman failed. This time there will be another sacrificial lamb and then the blood bath will begin. Then it will be off to Congress for trillions again to make the crooks whole again. A really nice gig for them indeed.
The end is again near. Those that benefit from the perception of a strong economy can't stop denying it. If you have paper wealth or are the political shrill this is not good news. So you will claim it ain't so.