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Economic Optimism Revives Off Sequester Dud: IBD/TIPP

Americans regained some confidence lost ahead of the "sequester" budget cuts, after predictions of doom were seen as overblown, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Bounces Back 9.5% in April; Still 55% Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 4.0  points, or 9.5%, in April, posting 46.2 vs. 42.2 in March.  The index is 1.3 points below its 12-month average of 47.5, 1.8 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.5 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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Beam: Obama Doesn’t See Debt Problem

President Obama's State of the Union speech made Page 1 headlines across the nation Wednesday. However, it was a rare headline on Page B8 of our newspaper that caught my attention. It said, "January surplus shrinks 2013 U.S. budget deficit."

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Improves in February; 56% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.8  points, or 1.7%, in February, posting 47.3 vs. 46.5 in January.  The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 48.2, 2.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.5 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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In Obama's America, Only Debt and Dependency Grow

Welfare State: The Congressional Budget Office says the government is on track for another $1 trillion deficit year. That's the bad news. Worse is that most of it goes to programs that increase government dependency.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in January; 59% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 1.4  points, or 3.1%, in January, posting 46.5 vs. 45.1 in December.  The index is 1.8 points below its 12-month average of 48.3, 2.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.3 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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