Sometimes, looking at patterns in numbers can be fascinating. Take for instance, President Obama's stimulus package. Its $787 billion price tag is about the same as our $750 billion trade deficit for 2008.
Is it possible that there's a message in the similarity of those numbers? Maybe, if we didn't have such huge trade deficits, year after year, we might not even need this financial stimulus package.
Nah, it couldn't be that simple, could it?