Month after month, dismal economic reports continue to “surprise experts”. Who are these guys, and do they ever get out onto the street? I’ll admit to being a bit of a recluse myself (I did try to find Bloomingdale’s Stamford branch the other day, but failed) but, just as a for instance, I was in the chicken place today and listened to a fellow customer, an experienced restaurateur, complaining that he’d found a great spot for a new place in Stamford for his next restaurant but four banks would only offer him between $10 – $15,000 as a start-up loan. This for someone with a solid track record and a great credit history. So no new restaurant, no new jobs. We plebes know that – what is it about economists that they keep getting surprised?