According to the IMF this country began this century producing 32% of the world's gross domestic product. This country finished the decade producing 24%. No other nation in history, except the Soviet Union, has taken such a FALL in one decade. "Between one-fourth and one-third of all US Manufacturing jobs have disappeared in ten years...(o)ur future is being outsourced--to China." "Where the economy was at full employment in 2000, 10% of the labor force is out of work today and another 7% is underemployed or has given up looking for work." "While the median income of American families was stagnant, the national debt doubled." "...the USA is almost as dependent on foreign nations today for manufactured goods, and the loans to pay for them, as we were in the early days of the republic." "What the British were to us then, China is today." See: "America's Decade of Decline" by Pat Buchanan @TAC 12/28/09 If your first reflex is to blame the Republicans OR Democrats, I'd like to suggest you are being played by parasites who earned, on average, $3million/year in 1970 and currently rake in about $23million/year. Huey Long saw it clearly long ago: The American government is like a restaurant that offers only one dish. You got Republican waiters lining one wall, and Democrat waiters along the opposite wall. But no matter which party brings your order "...all the grub comes from Wall Street's kitchen." That's the same Wall Street that is currently finishing the greatest transfer of private debt into public debt in history. Next November 2nd, choosing between Republican OR Democrat is a choice between stepping on a IED in Helmond or waking up homeless on the continent your forefathers conquered. Vote AGAINST every (congressional) incumbent appearing on your ballot. Select as many replacements as possible who are neither Republican nor Democrat. FLUSH the DC TOILET in 2010! Roll back the Great American FALL.