Here is the sad part of it all. With the low, low interest rate environment we have after you factor in taxes you are actually paying to Fed Gov to lend them money. Yes, think about that. Right now the 10 yr treasury is running roughly 1.79%. Now take into account the tax you have to pay on that interest plus inflation. You are coming out negative. The Fed Gov is milking the ever-loving **** out of people right now and at the same time screaming they have no money.
Germany is just as bad. I don't know which but one of the German bonds is trading at 0%.
They have the people by the proverbial balls. Many don't want to risk investing in stocks. They aren't making dick in a bank so the only place you can go right now is bonds and hope that the price of the bond goes up enough to offset the impacts of inflation. It's a hidden tax if I have ever seen one. The Fed Gov is actually making money off of printing money when all factors are taken in.
Don't be fooled by the politicians screaming for no more spending, etc., etc. And don't fall for this bullshit that we are broke or need more money. The Fed Gov is being paid for you to lend them money.