This situation is just one aspect of broader problems with the economy, which seems to be headed into something deeper and more protracted than a typical recession. This will mean a lot more hardship on top of the already criminally skewed priorities of the society. Politically it should be bad for Bush, but I still find it scary because the main and most virulent voices out there are promoting scape-goating - anger toward people of color, welfare, prisoners, etc. - and deflecting anger away from the rich and powerful.
D.G., Comstock, N.Y.
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