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Heavy Headwinds...Keep Paddling!

The past several weeks have been quite windy.  Typically, we would find a day or two, here and there, when the wind would fade and the air would seemingly hang in space. This has not been the case this year. I typically wouldn't care about wind, but this year is different. I have been deliberately trying to kayak four or five times a week. As I head to the west end of the lake, it has been torture fighting the wind. During today's battle, I reckoned that I was like the U.S. economy.

The U.S. economy is paddling against the European financial crisis wind, and it is going to keep blowing noticeably for some time. Any U.S. growth will be muted at best. More likely, Europe will push the U.S. a bit backwards in the near term. Maybe it can paddle hard enough to experience progress down the road a bit. There just doesn't seem to be any way around the European impact.

I keep thinking the wind will subside and kayaking will take on a more realistic expression of core exercise delight. If not, I will just keep paddling...hope the U.S. economy can do the same.



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