Economics does not produce systems. U.S. businesses and financial markets use zero economics because economics is considered a voodoo science that systemically confounds consequence with cause, causing massive depravity of reason any sane business person can smell from a mile away.
Now, our leaders use metrics they extract from our performance (with finance eleven times the size of production, as a contribution to GDP) to use such depravity to make us look good in the showroom of the world.
The official American deep poverty rate (making below $11,888 per year) is now a notch under sixteen percent (15.8% to be exact) of the total population, with a quarter of all children under age-five raised in poverty. And 70% of children nation-wide now eligible for free or discounted lunch at school. (Source: National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators, March 2015).
Those numbers should make you realize the number of goals scored in a game of soccer is no indication of the game played, as is GDP no indication of what is going on under the hood of American “exceptionalism”.