Fortunately, we have Sonic Charmer to 'splain it to them:
Read the whole thing for the whole delicious mockery. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm (Barack Obama!).
I think this is a case of what, I assume, are basically correct facts (companies holding lots of cash) being misdiagnosed. Let me try to help by suggesting that instead of ‘piles of cash’ we all start thinking of that cash as a rainy-day fund.
Now restate the complaint: lots of companies are holding larger-than-normal rainy-day funds. The good thing about this construction is that it naturally leads to a question: Why?
There’s only one rational answer: Because they think they might need it. But why would they think that?
Again, the answer is almost obvious: Because in their estimation, they are likely to face larger costs and/or smaller profit margins down the road.
What, I wonder, could possibly give companies that idea? Could it have something to do with – current government policy?