If you really want an honest assessment of the U.S. economy Marc Faber is pretty good. He doesn't pull any punches and tells it like he sees it. Probably the only person in the world that has the guts to call Mr. Obama a prostitute.
I don't have anything invested with his company and don't claim to be an expert. But from a commonsense viewpoint, he seems to understand what are problems are. Check his article out for yourself.
Marc Faber’s Most Provocative Interview Ever: Compares Obama To A Prostitute, Goes Long Treasurys | Investing Contrarian