Am I the only one fed up with all of these mixed signals? Ihaven't been this confused since reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez ona Percocet high.

Just look at the headlines on own our site:

  • US economy shrinks
  • Private job survey shows stronger hiring
  • Consumer confidence slips in January

And this is just from the last couple of days. I could go on andon. Each day's headlines seem to bring one side of the story or theother to the fore. Or both at once. And they say there's no balancein the media anymore. Hell, it's no wonder we're so collectivelydivided.

Seriously, though, this recovery's had more stops and startsthan my wife driving a stick shift. Is this the result ofwrong-headed policies, a lack of actual execution or is this—as Isuspect—simply our new economic reality? I'm no classically trainedeconomist—or even a very good home-schooled one—but ishyper-perpetual economic growth eternally sustainable?

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