An article written in BusinessWeek discusses improvement in the economy from the second quarter of the year. At the beginning of the year, I believe most Americans were occupied with the events that were taking place oversea's, which would have an impact on any economy. It mentions that many consumer's were impacted by the affects of increased gas prices. The sudden growth in the third quarter make many believe that it will continue to grow, or will it? Is this just the affects the Presidential election? Many have turned their attention to the election and I believe are influenced by promises that each candidate may have given if elected. These promises about continued economic growth may influece the consumer to believe it is growing and will continue to grow, and thus persuading to buy more. It will be interesting to see where we stand as an economy in the early part of 2005.