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11:55 PM on 02/22/2011
Here In Mass, things are getting better, but nothing close to New Hampshire...their Unemployment rate has been under 6% all along, they have the 3rd highest per capita income in the US and rank 49th in tax burden...The ski areas all seem busy..and lift tickets for a family of four runs around $240.00 a day..
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how goes the matrix
War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is str
11:10 PM on 02/22/2011
note the con in confidence --

as in confidence game -- the con --

forget double dip -- forget "great recession"

try on global depression for size and scale ..

systemic financial / political corruption -- neo liberalism -- "free market" hokum --

shock doctrine -- globalism -- centralization -- privatization --

Washington consensus ...

Note the word con in -- consensus ..
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
10:44 PM on 02/22/2011
'Those stating business conditions are “good” increased to 12.4 percent from 11.3 percent, while those claiming business conditions are “bad” was unchanged at 39.6 percent.

Those expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 24.4 percent from 24.0 percent, while those anticipating business conditions will worsen declined to 10.4 percent from 12.2 percent.'

From the Conference Board's Report (found above)

Kind of make you wonder how they assign a number as high as 70.4%. I would trust the results of the quick poll more.
10:15 PM on 02/22/2011
Who cares about housing prices unless you have a chance to get a job that pays enough to buy a home. Wages are stagnant and none of my fixed necessary expenses are going down.
oilfield
large employer per obamacare
10:12 PM on 02/22/2011
its funny the differences in headlines now and when bush was in office....the sky was falling before it was since 2006 and now it really is falling and it is all rosy with 10% unemployment....unbelievable 5.00 a gallon gas will surely put some nails in the coffin.
http://old.businessandmedia.org/specialreports/2007/mediamyth/RecessionDepression/RecessionDepression.asp
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12:30 AM on 02/23/2011
Manipulations change as need be.
nothingchanges
too soon old, too late smart
10:04 PM on 02/22/2011
Whiff..............whiff.................whiff............whiff...........whiff.

The sound of another bubble being inflated?

The next one that pops, could push the country into a full blown depression.

Happened in 29

The real "depression" didn't hit till 32.

Housing values down, oil prices sky rocketing, international turmoil, food prices on the rise, unemployment predicted to hit 11% this year. I'll give Americans one thing..............
we never learn.
oilfield
large employer per obamacare
12:45 AM on 02/23/2011
we are going down a windy road with cliffs on both sides blindfolded.....bad or worse is inevitable.
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liberalbug
do you want fries with that?
09:59 PM on 02/22/2011
nonsense. pure nonsense.
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h23154
08:52 PM on 02/22/2011
Wasn't three years ago about the nadir of the economy? How about comparing it to some other time period? Ahhh. The magic one can do with statistics.
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dporterdvd
Progressive DemoCats Are Lion Hearted
08:45 PM on 02/22/2011
Must be a 3 year marijuana high. The economy is still going to pot where I live.
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KarlaElisa
The atmosphere is Toxic
12:48 PM on 02/23/2011
well at least you'll have a market primed for growth under collapsing living standards.
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blindhammer
The future is not what it used to be.
08:15 PM on 02/22/2011
The stock market is not even remotely tied to the US economy anymore so consumers who are spending using credit because they think the economy is recovering are going to be in a shock when the correction occurs.
luminavi
Love kicking over anthills on both left and right.
07:55 PM on 02/22/2011
Yes, indeed - consumer confidence hits 3 year high --- in India and China!
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Thomas Kuzdal
Solutions welcome.
07:54 PM on 02/22/2011
If there's evidence that we're gaining momentum, I'm sorry...I missed it.

(Saw an ad on TV that mentioned the "donut hole" that seniors faced recently). My thoughts go out to the 99ers, whose numbers increase every week. Their creativity, resourcefulness, resilience and faith being tested in ways they never expected. For those >55, the urgency increases 10x.


That's a crater. Who's gonna make that right?
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Andy49
pragmatist
07:05 PM on 02/22/2011
WTF on this page there are three stories and two of them contradict this story. Two stories down is this, 'Typical Wal Mart Shopper Still Not Spending,' down even farther (older) is this; 'Home Depot Sales Evidence of Slow Recovery. It is a mess everyone seems to have an opinion but no one seems to have hard data to support their opinion. I just wish that there was an actual independent source for all of this you the the unimpeachable source .
08:41 PM on 02/24/2011
There's 2 consumer economies in the US -- the rich and everyone else. The rich can afford to shop at Saks 5th Ave., Tiffany's and Neiman Marcus. The rest of us are shopping at dollar stores, if we can afford it. That's why you can have consumer confidence going up while Walmart sales are going down. It all depends on who you ask.
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Christopher Hull
Democratic Socialist
06:23 PM on 02/22/2011
Who are these dolts who think things are getting better?
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rikster
buy the ticket-take the ride
06:10 PM on 02/22/2011
because retailers are giving it away with very low margins...and everyone is using plastic..