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How often has this happened to you? You've packed a tasty picnic lunch, donned your spiffy-looking swimwear, loaded up the beach blanket and umbrella, then headed for the artificial waves of the local Happy-Time Gala-World Fun-Land Water Park expecting bright sunshine and warm temperatures. However, upon reaching Happy-Time Gala-World Fun-Land Water Park you find that the economy has fallen into a deep recession, with high unemployment rates and sluggish production, and the owners of the Happy-Time Gala-World Fun-Land Water Park have been forced to turn off the artificial wave machine, dismantle the water slides, and drain the pool. (It's also raining and 50 degrees. We will, however, ignore those problems because this isn't A Pedestrian's Guide to Meteorology.)
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State of the ECONOMY

Second Quarter 2015
$17,902 Billion (Annual Rate) Source: BEA
Up 3.7% 2nd Estimate

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling around a discount warehouse buying club seeking to buy either a flower arrangement for your aunt or a birthday greeting card for your uncle. Be on the lookout for malfunctioning pocket calculators.
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The wealthy industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, was once removed from a London tram because he lacked the money needed for the fare.
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