9 reasons the economy is stronger than you think

Sure, recent GDP data left a lot to be desired. But here are nine reasons to be optimistic about the American economy in 2014.

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May 7, 2014 7:39PM
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People can believe what they want, but nobody is going to convince me that the unemployment rate is going down mainly because of new job creation. What is probably the most important factor bringing down the unemployment rate is the simple fact that so many people continue to fall off the unemployment radar every month because they no longer qualify for unemployment. Part time workers and people who have given up finding jobs are not counted as "unemployed" either. Don't tell me the economy is turning around when the average salary isn't even $30,000/yr for most of the people who are working. The majority of the jobs being created are still in hospitality, fast food, customer service, and other minimum or low paying positions. The economy is pathetic, period. It will remain that way for many, many years to come. Just watch.
May 7, 2014 6:58PM
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In a word, Delusional...


MSDNC can run all the feel good articles it wants.   Reality is America is disregarding them.


If the economy is so good, as they claim, then we can slash Food Stamps 50%, back to 2008 levels, and of course we can slash Welfare 50% as well.   When we can cut these programs and have more people working than when the lazy, LYING, arrogant, corrupt imbecile '57 states' started, then and only then can we say things are improving.  


The middle class has lost 42% of their wealth since Obama took office.   Has that been replaced?

I think not.   The debt has climbed from 10.6 Trillion to 17.5 Trillion.   We are in far worse shape than we were when he took office.  The democrats WAR on the middle class and Business continues...

May 7, 2014 7:43PM
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Time to take people like this clown, out to the woodshed...omg...what an insult to any idiot's intelligence this article is.
May 7, 2014 7:40PM
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About consumer spending, the only thing I'm spending more on is health insurance thanks to Obama. All other spending has come to a complete stop except for essentials.
May 7, 2014 7:46PM
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tell that to all the people who hang out at the unemployment offices across the country .
May 7, 2014 7:19PM
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Jim Reeves... you seem to spew a lot of articles like this. Please do not present another without disclosing who's payroll you are on. Until we end financial tyranny and restore natural stability, we are on course for cataclysmic failure. Look out your window. 
May 7, 2014 7:55PM
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This is all BS and political posturing by the democrats.... did you know this is an election year and they will tell so many lies trying to get elected or re-elected it will make you wanta scream..."enough already" 
May 7, 2014 7:13PM
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Spin, Spin, Spin!!   
MSNBC, the Official Media of the Liberal/Democrat/Progressive/Socialist Party!!!
May 7, 2014 8:12PM
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There are people in therapy with a better grip on reality than Mr. Reeves.
May 7, 2014 7:21PM
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So, GDP data is not imporant along with debit ratio?    Man, I wish I could believe that.
May 7, 2014 7:53PM
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Our Gov. is spending around 200 million bucks more than they have every hour of the day, 7 days a week this is around a billion dollars every 5 hours they are spending "more" than they are taking in, anyone with half a brain knows this is not going to end good, when MSN and B/O tell you things are going good you better start getting worried

May 7, 2014 8:05PM
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Wasn't there an article a few days ago about why the economy is still in the crapper?? These "journalists" write whatever comes to mind or whatever they're told just to be filling pages. None of them have the first damn clue about... well, anything.
May 7, 2014 7:30PM
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MSN Money published an article (just after the anemic 1st Qtr 2014 GDP number was released) that said if the Obamacare forced buy-in premiums were not included---they contribute to GDP because they are a "service" that is produced and purchased---the real GDP growth would be NEGATIVE 1.0%, not the widely publicized +0.1%.  So, Mr. Reeves, maybe you should re-write your article with that perspective . . . or do you really believe PPACA contributes to the health of the US economy?
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Well then, if they are saying that things are far more rosy than the general opinion says they are, no time like the present to start cutting all stimulus programs, take 'em all off the teat and let the tidal wave of the successful recovery do it's thing with trillions in tax dollar outlays. Time for that obama promise to cut subsides, pork and ear marks to take hold. Welfare for the rich, Fed bolstering the finance industry, oil subsides, food stamps, extended unemployment benefits need to come to a screeching halt, now! Time to give a break to the 53% that saved the azz of this nation by supporting the 47% that does not contribute and supplied every morsel of world food aid and all of the cash donations to our retard in chief's favorite despots. Happy to hear things are good, time to get back to Americans being able to survive despite terminal stupidity that constantly requires George the taxpaying fool yet good hearted guy who has to keep the moron Lenny in food, shelter, school, healthcare, cell phones, and some cash for his clunker! Now, if only George can talk Lenny down from petting the puppy (the economy) to death with his idiotic voting !
 
May 7, 2014 7:44PM
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to get a snapshot of how "strong" the economy is check out daily job cuts and see for your self.
May 7, 2014 7:59PM
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Who ever wrote this piece of garbage fantasy Washington propaganda needs to be strung up by their B_LLs  for helping to propagate such delusional misinformation not only is this economy in trouble it is far more trouble than it was when Obama took office 5 years ago

If you look at basic history one lesson that stands out is that no nation has ever spent themselves out of debt by making more debt  soon this country's irresponsible ways of handling not only our economy  but the world economy will soon come to an sudden end when the rest of the world sees all we have done is buy up bad debt with nothing more than printed monopoly money.
 Then maybe this idiotic reporter can join the rest of us in the trenches and see how good things really are What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who knows maybe this fool is on the Obama payroll everyone else is ...........this guy's name should be Pinocchio 
May 7, 2014 7:55PM
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Im sure that this author is related to someone at the White house!!! LOL
You guys are by far the worst journalists ever! Fair reporting..do you remember that? Oh wait the libs are crawling on our campuses too!!!!
May 7, 2014 7:52PM
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Another spin! When will libs stop the spin???
Oh on  to the weather! Is that all you got Obama?
May 7, 2014 8:54PM
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Median income is STILL SIGNIFICANTLY  BELOW what it was when Barry took office.  

OBAMA SO LOVES THE POOR HE CREATED MILLIONS MORE. 
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