TD Ameritrade "WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The Bush administration said the U.S. economy should emerge from its slump in the second half of the year - an optimistic forecast released days before President-elect Barack Obama inherits a recession and mammoth budget deficit. "The actions taken by my administration in response to the financial crisis have laid the groundwork for a return to economic growth and job creation, and they are beginning to show some early results," President George W. Bush said in a letter to Congress that accompanied the annual Economic Report of the President........ .......Reflecting the current drop in GDP, the White House said it expects the unemployment rate to rise to an average rate of 7.7% this year." _________ 7.7%!!!!! The 7.2% that is current doesn't even reflect the hundreds of thousands of layoffs that have taken place since Christmas! The pace of layoffs is not abating one bit! George W. Bush - Treasonous Liar to the American People. George W. gives himself an A+. Heckuva job, Dubya!