No Comfort for My Bush Boom

From Holden:

The consumer comfort index falls like a lead pigeon.

U.S. overall consumer confidence made a sharp downturn last week, erasing most of the gains made over the past month, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

The consumer comfort index fell to negative 9 in the week ended Nov. 28 from negative 4 a week earlier, according to the poll, released Tuesday.

ABC News attributed the drop to lackluster post-Thanksgiving holiday sales and high gasoline prices.

According to the latest survey, 40 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the economy, down from 43 percent the week before.

Also, 58 percent of those polled said their own finances were in good standing, down from 60 percent in the prior week.