The U.S. economy turned in a remarkably strong performance in the summer despite surging energy prices and the battering the Gulf Coast states took from hurricanes, although business growth was slightly lower than the government previously estimated. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the gross domestic product, the nation's total output of goods and services, rose at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the July-September quarter. It was the fastest pace of growth in 1 1/2 years.
No. Don't you dare read that news. It's the evil creation of Karl Rove. Eeeeeeeeeeeeevil Karl Rove, I tell ya! The economy's broken just like last year. A quagmire! Don't you see? Look, look here, see how my finger turns purple? (shows finger to photogs, and smiles for his 2006 preparation) It's a personal barometer for the U.S. economy. Purple is bad! Purple means circulation is cut off. Bad! Purple is bad! We don't want purple. We want pink!! Pink fingers everybody! Stretch out your pink fingers up to the Kyoto blue, clean sky!