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SWEETEN THE DEAL

The White House routinely hands out little pots of honey from its beehive to select guests. Though it might not go over so well with health-minded first lady Michelle Obama, the White House should consider issuing its own brand of chocolate — just to shore up the nation’s economy.

“Chocolate is big business, and Halloween is its biggest holiday. According to a recent survey from the National Confectioners Association, 72 percent of all candy spending this Halloween will be on chocolate. Last year, more than $12.6 billion was spent on chocolate in the United States, 3.8 percent more than the year before,” reports Alexander Hess, an analyst for the Wall Street 24/7 blog.

Imagine the sales of a White House confection. That ought to defray some of those Air Force One expenses.

POLL DU JOUR

85 percent of Americans are concerned about the health care costs they will face in the future.

81 percent have not tried to visit the federal or a state-run health care insurance exchange website.

45 percent think the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.

41 percent think they will receive worse care under the new health care system.

25 percent say health care will be “about the same”; 15 percent say they will get better care under the new system.

37 percent say the new health care law should be “protected.”

33 percent say they have no “savings”; 28 percent say they could last a few months on their savings.

Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 12 to 14.

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