Had there been a simple, across the board, tax cut for all Americans and all American companies, and had there been no stimulus package, no credit card reform, no FinReg, no Obamacare, the economy would be chugging along, creating between 500,000 and 1,000,000 jobs a month. That's what normally happens in a recovery in Post World War II USA.
Obama has changed all of that. We now are more like Europe: economic stagnation, slow and virtually non-existent economic growth, burgeoning sovereign debt, suffocating employer mandates, and unsustainable entitlements. Don't expect real economic recovery any time soon. We are in serious economic trouble as a nation, brought on by the worst set of economic policies in the nation's history.
It did not need to be that way. Had Obama played a little more golf and a little less time in front the mirror, the US economy would be well on its way. But, alas, Obama intervened and here we are.