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Economy Picks up Pace in First Quarter

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Economy Picks Up Pace in First Quarter
May 27, 10:57 AM (ET)
By JEANNINE AVERSA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy grew at a 4.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter of this year, slightly faster than previously thought and fresh evidence that the recovery possessed good momentum as it headed into the current quarter.

The increase in gross domestic product from January through March reported by the Commerce Department on Thursday marked an improvement from both the 4.2 percent pace first estimated for the quarter a month ago and the 4.1 percent growth rate registered in the final quarter of 2003.

The GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States. While the latest reading was just shy of the 4.5 percent pace that some analysts were forecasting, it nevertheless represented a solid performance.

Separately, the Labor Department reported that new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week by a seasonally adjusted 3,000 to 344,000, another hopeful sign for a labor market recovery

It must really make the Democrats mad that George Bush’s predictions are coming true. He’s stupid like a fox.

Good luck in November,

Jeff

Stupid like a fox? Bwahahahahahahah! Hahahahahha. Yeah, he’s an Einstein all right.

Shit, even I’m getting tired of political nonsense…

Give me a god damn break.

  1. BUSH is a dumbass.
  2. He is fortunate to have a few smart people in his cabinet.
  3. Greenspan is controlling the economy.
  4. Lastly, BUSH is loving the gas prices going up, more money in his pockets and less for the commoners.

lol. try again.

I don’t trust any of the numbers anymore. I mean do you know how they calculate inflation?

They exclude food, energy, and homes! In other words if you don’t eat or don’t drive a car, or don’t own your home, or don’t pay insurance then there isn’t inflation!

What a crock of bull! The things we need to live cost more and the things we don’t need (TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, etc.,) are costing less.

So whether or not the economy picked up who knows. I hope so, a lot of people where I live are struggling financially. Just don’t believe the governmental studies. Use your own common sense.

walleye

ha ha ha! Thanks man, great stuff! I needed a chuckle

tell it to the unemployed and working poor who can’t afford to buy gas

JeffR
I’m starting to think you may be Bush after all!
Trying to shore up some support from the T-Nation!

Are you Dubya?

Cwick, Sonny, Walleye, Elk,

After reading your responses, I realized that I was wrong, the economy really IS GETTING WORSE.

Therefore, because you say it is getting worse=really getting worse, then we should elect John Kerry.

I appreciate you guys clearing up my confusion.

Jeff

2 months of a good economy, coming after 3.5 years of a dogshit economy, is not good news, no matter how you spin it.

The economy has been picking up steam since at least the 4th Q of 2003 Lumpy. It’s amazing what some well-placed, incentivizing tax cuts will do to an economy, especially with a Fed that’s also pro growth.

As for all the complaining about gas prices, a few things: 1) I thought the whole idea of “no blood for oil” was about the idea that going to Iraq was to create cheap oil for the U.S.? Apparently that storyline had to be modified… 2) This current price spike is a confluence of several factors, among which include the effect of environmental regs (expensive gasoline additives have been required over the last year), improving, growing economies in China and India (imagine that: when their economies pick up, they demand more oil – oil is a globally priced commoditiy, so their demand triggers a temporary price spike until the supply can expand to meet it); 3) What make you think Bush and the U.S. run OPEC? OPEC itself can’t even control prices for long, but how can you possibly blame Bush for their supply quotas? and, lastly 4) I thought all you Democratic environmentos would encourage high gas prices. Europe has high gas prices, due to excessive taxes (BTW, we could cut our own prices by almost $1/gallon in some areas if you cut out federal, state and local gas taxes), and tree hugging hippies have been arguing for a long time we should raise our taxes to those levels (European prices are (very approximately) $4/gallon).

WHy don’t you all go out and protest against gas taxes? That would be the easiest way to effect a price lowering.

People are complaining about gas prices because it has gone up a lot… I didn’t see anyone actually trying to tie it to Bush in the above?

The poor and unemployed will never be happy about the economic policies of any sitting president, unless they can get fantastic unemployment benefits/social services from them. [i]Big surprise![/i]

The overall health of the economy is not controlled by any one person or source. Pols can have an impact (positive or negative), but they alone cannot “make things” better or worse all by themselves. We are, after all, affected by other markets beyond our borders, folks.

How 'bout this…Clinton benefitted from an economic boom, and Bush will probably get boosted in the polls due to a growing economy. In both cases, American (and other) bussinesses had more to do with those facts than tax-cuts and partisan policy. Oooh, how convenient.

Let’s not make presidents the sole determinig factor for the economy, please. How 'bout financial factors like interest rates, R&D and operating expenses, cash flows and ROI…ain’t they more important than a $500 dollar tax credit per child? How 'bout energy supplies, infrastructure the strength of the Euro and Yen?

Okay, okay…I’ll shut up all ready!

vroom:

To quote the above:

cwick wrote: “…4. Lastly, BUSH is loving the gas prices going up, more money in his pockets and less for the commoners.”

BB, I didn’t read that as Bush manipulating the price of oil, just enjoying the effect it has on making the common person poorer… more of a pot shot than anything?

vroom:

Very well could have been. However, in the context of the thread and the other comments, I read it as faulting the president for oil prices. Maybe I was overreaching.