This means we may end up with a softer March but much stronger April. Easter is one of the biggest retail seasons. It's when new merchandise comes out and families get together for dinner. The later in the year it falls, the bigger the boost to the economy, since the weather is more likely to be favorable.
All the numbers are coming in on the stronger side of expectations. What they (the Fed) do next week is going to be no surprise. They are going to raise rates. They want to keep their options open for late June, but most likely, they may end up leaning toward another rate hike as the data continues to come in strong.
The surest way to return to the people's business is to listen to the people themselves: We need to drop this whole scheme of federally controlled health care, start over, and work together on real reforms at the state level that will contain costs and won't leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt.
I've criticized President Bush for his failure to use his veto pen. There's plenty of blame to go around. The question is how to solve problems. It's not bailouts. What made America great? Free markets, free enterprise, manufacturing, job creation. That's how we're gonna do it, not by enlarging government.