Today we begin by focusing on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest long-term economic forecasts. Actually, we will focus most of our attention on the CBO's 2012 and 2013 forecasts, since going beyond the next year or two is really just speculation in these uncertain times. There is a lot to consider in the CBO's latest forecasts.
From there we move on to some scintillating news that many federal workers, including at least 36 members of Obama's own White House staff, are far behind in their income taxes owed to the IRS. How far behind? Can you say $3.4 billion? Yes, $3.4 billion and counting. President Obama says we all need to pay our "fair share" (ie - higher taxes on the rich), but I would suggest that he focus on those in his Administration and Congress that are behind on their tax payments.
Finally, I will examine last Friday's unemployment report which surprised just about everyone. There is a reason the unemployment rate is going down, but you may be surprised to learn why. I'll give you the straight story, plus I will review the latest economic reports at the end. Let's get started.