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I judge the economy's health by how easy it is to get a parking space there in
the evenings or on weekends. In 1994, I could go any time and get a parking space
right up front. Over the space of a few weeks near the end of 1994, I suddenly couldn't
find a parking space at all, never mind up front. Look for Clues.

Here's a clue: a fat man in a red suit and a white beard who appears in malls at the end of every year, and who seems to be associated with bursts of crass consumerism. This otherwise insightful analysis falls down a bit here.
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