As we roll into the 3rd quarterly earnings results, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find silver linings. Some might say that slow economic times are part of cycles and are to be expected. Okay, I agree with that in general, but when we examine the math, a perspective comes forth that needs serious consideration. For instance, when looking at our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is there really a material difference over time between a 1.0% growth rate and 3.21%? After all, we’re only talking about a meager 2’ish percent gap.