Economists think that the Federal Reserve's new policy to be more transparent will only create noise and confusion in the markets
Stimulus spending is one reason. Tax revenues also drop during a recession.
The number ballooned amid the banking bailout. Tax hikes may lie ahead.
A bipartisan accord in the House calls for a $150 billion spending plan, including significant tax rebates. But senators may want add-ons.
Democrats and Republicans are anxious to get $300 to $1,200 in tax-rebate checks to wage earners by spring.