We're not doing a good enough job buying things, it seems:
Interest rates fell in the bond market Friday as a disappointing retail sales report boosted buying of Treasurys.
Vibrant markets are a beautiful thing. But there are costs -- economic, political, and cultural -- to living and working in a thoroughly consumer economy. Sometimes it seems like we've crossed a line. But it's not at all clear what's to be done about it -- if anything. And so I ask:
How much consumerism is too much?