Reality and Humor Collide at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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In one of his finer moments at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, Jimmy Kimmel touched upon the largely psychic American issue of economic confidence; an ephemeral and challenging notion that undoubtedly affects your personal finance. Kimmel ribs the President by suggesting the hope Americans found in his election was no more than a laughing moment in history. Regardless of your personal politics it was a good joke, but how do Americans really feel about the state of our economy. According to Gallup, U.S. economic confidence has reached and steadied at a four-year high, but I wouldn’t go on that spending spree just yet. 53 percent of Americans still believe the economy is getting worse.

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It seems that for the time being Americans are content with continuing their penny-pinching ways. With the summer months approaching gas prices are certain to rise and unemployment continues to hover over eight percent, we would all do well with a little belt-tightening. At Quizzle, we don’t point fingers, we just state the facts, and while the economy is looking up from a year or two ago the future remains uncertain.

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