i always take the core number with a grain of salt because in order to survive,i need to use energy and food and not a new pair of Nike's. that said there is a reason the fed uses the core and i'm sure most of you realize why bit i will post my thought anyway. the fed feels food and energy cannot be controlled through menetary policy meaning it cannot control the weather or geoplitical events.so the fed's interest in the core is a way to see how inflation is effecting consumer prices on various products if oil prices are at 85 bucks,the fed is more concerned as to whether or not oil prices were passed on to the consumer rather than oil prices themselves.i am still wondering if the fed is looking at healthcare and education. its seems easy to spin the inflation numbers but looking through the smoke and mirrors,the truth is seen. we have an inflation problem and a battered dollar is going to make it worse. also,it will get much worse if a democrat is elected. it semms as though the fed is artificially holding up the market and not letting true market forces prevail which is only putting a band aid on a bullet wound.the deficit is a problem as well but thats due to iraq and will get rectified in some way.