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A Crippling Legacy

Vanity Fair offers a sobering look at the costs that we -- and our children and their children -- will pay for the last eight years of Bush/Cheney eco

Vanity Fair offers a sobering look at the costs that we -- and our children and their children -- will pay for the last eight years of Bush/Cheney economics.

The damage done to the American economy does not make front-page headlines every day, but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page.

I can hear an irritated counterthrust already. The president has not driven the United States into a recession during his almost seven years in office. Unemployment stands at a respectable 4.6 percent. Well, fine. But the other side of the ledger groans with distress: a tax code that has become hideously biased in favor of the rich; a national debt that will probably have grown 70 percent by the time this president leaves Washington; a swelling cascade of mortgage defaults; a record near-$850 billion trade deficit; oil prices that are higher than they have ever been; and a dollar so weak that for an American to buy a cup of coffee in London or Paris-or even the Yukon-becomes a venture in high finance.

And it gets worse. After almost seven years of this president, the United States is less prepared than ever to face the future. We have not been educating enough engineers and scientists, people with the skills we will need to compete with China and India. We have not been investing in the kinds of basic research that made us the technological powerhouse of the late 20th century. And although the president now understands-or so he says-that we must begin to wean ourselves from oil and coal, we have on his watch become more deeply dependent on both.

We may not be in a recession...but the signs of inflation are worsening everyday.

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you...this post was up a couple of days ago but got lost when we bumped it for the Dodd filibuster...we just found it again today.

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