The guy just can’t be

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The guy just can’t be happy with a Republican in the White House and the economy booming: “The Commerce Department announces very good growth during the previous quarter. Many observers declare the economy’s troubles over. And the administration’s supporters claim that the economy’s turnaround validates its policies.
That’s what happened 18 months ago, when a preliminary estimate put first-quarter 2002 growth at 5.8 percent. That was later revised down to 5.0. More important, growth in the next quarter slumped to 1.3 percent, and we now know that the economy wasn’t really on the mend: after that brief spurt, the nation proceeded to lose another 600,000 jobs.
The same story unfolded in the third quarter of 2002, when growth rose to 4 percent, and the economy actually gained 200,000 jobs. But growth slipped back down to 1.4 percent, and job losses resumed.
My purpose is not to denigrate the impressive estimated 7.2 percent growth rate for the third quarter of 2003. It is, rather, to stress the obvious: we’ve had our hopes dashed in the past, and it remains to be seen whether this is just another one-hit wonder.”

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