Reporters don't have time to come up with data like this on their own. This must be a sign that the liberal research and policy organizations are coming to life, doing the miraculous little calculations that tell a story better than a thousand opinions:
Bush had summoned his economic advisers to his ranch for a two-hour meeting that consisted largely of self-congratulatory reports at a time when signs of a rebound are increasing.
A year ago today, the White House staged an economic forum in nearby Waco with expensive sets, lighting and logos. The 320 participants included a parcel delivery driver, a welder, homemakers and grandmothers. Since then, 13 firms represented at the forum have announced at least 20,000 layoffs. This year, Bush heard only from his own appointees.