Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office seized on the news, shooting out a press release with Tomblin saying, "West Virginia's strong growth in gross domestic product indicates our state is on the right economic path."
Cue Lee Corso: "Not so fast, my friend!"
As part of last week's data, the bureau released its new "revised" estimates for 2011 state GDP growth. And while West Virginia had the third-highest rate of growth the first time around, it unfortunately had the second-largest downward revision of any state.
The bureau shaved 2.6 percentage points off the state's 2011 growth rate, taking that 4.5 percent growth rate down to a nothing-to-write-home-about 1.9 percent rate.
The revision took West Virginia all the way from third place to 22nd. I doubt the Governor's Office will "revise" their press release to tout that one . . .
Finally, just a reminder that this Sunday is Father's Day, so be sure to remember to do something nice for the old man.
As a gift for my dad, I want to publicly say I've come to agree with something the late NBC News great Tim Russert once said: "The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get."
(And don't worry, Mom — "smarter" doesn't necessarily mean "smartest.")