I don't know that I've ever seen a more perfect example of meaningless drivel than the nonsense offered up by the Chronicle-Herald business columnists. As I was reading this, I couldn't immediately decide which was funniest---the reliance on Faith Popcorn as an expert, the completely un-ironic repetition of empty buzzwords or the cross-referencing of one columnist to another. But, please read through! You'll get to this gem:
Retrenching is the need for consumers to stay home and to reduce leisure spending. This trend is spurred by lack of money and the desire not to spend it.Otherwise known as, well, poverty.