Columbus traveled west to find the East
His trip a test that found a different beast.
And so it is now with economic recovery
We wonder how we'll make that discovery.
The data show with so many numbers
From the recessionary blow the economy still slumbers.
Will the private sector spend very much more?
Producing a growth vector once was a fiscal policy chore.
With no wind at our backs in the doldrums we drift
To end the employment slack the economy needs more lift.
Hoping for good news surely we're all very eager.
Yet in many pundits' views the results are apt to be meager.
Congress more concerned with the debt than that the economy it should bail.
Has gotten some Keynesians upset but their ship's already sailed.
So where the economy will head is anybody's guess
Journeying with a sense of dread it'll be more of a mess.