Are You Better Off Now...

The White House fears voters may not think so

Four years of steady economic growth. Four years of low inflation. Eight million new jobs. All great news for a President running for reelection. So why is Bill Clinton suddenly challenging the Federal Reserve "to see whether or not this economy can grow a little faster"? The frustration the President let slip at a New York fund-raiser on Feb. 15 reflects Democrats' growing fears: The economy may be sound, but it's not strong enough to assure a renewed lease on the White House.

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