The U.S. economy grew by a record 7.4 percent in the quarter ending in September, although it has recovered only two-thirds of the ground lost in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Data released this morning by the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that at an annual rate, gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 33.1 percent from July through September, although such growth is not expected to continue for an entire year.  Last week, we noted an interesting study from the consulting firm of Laffer Associates in concert with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that measured and graded the 2020 performance of the nation’s governors as relates Economic Freedom. The study looked at a broad swarth of measures including handling the coronavirus pandemic, taxing and spending policies, unemployment rates and the like to determine final effectiveness rankings. The final scoreboard had Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem coming in first, second and third among governors in the nation. At the other end of the spectrum, Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondi was scored the worst in the nation followed by Alaska republican Mike Dunleavy and New Jersey democrat Phil Murphy.