Not exactly your typical day in the U.S.A. But there it is: The unemployment rate was just 4.6 percent in November, the lowest in 24 years. The stock market, which lives in fear of good news on jobs, clenched its teeth and went up anyway. President Clinton says he's meeting with Republican leaders to discuss a tax cut - because if the economy holds up, the 1999 budget may just run a surplus.
Even prickly Dick Gephardt, who really crossed the party line when he trashed both Clinton's policies and his coffee klatch fundraising tactics, has called a truce. The House Minority leader and President agreed during a phone call Thursday night to concentrate on the '98 elections. "It was a very satisfactory talk," Clinton revealed Friday. Gosh. The Golden Age is really here.