Joel Achenbach on the 2000s: The decade we didn't see coming:
At the start of the decade, prosperity reigned, there was a budget surplus, and housing prices were on the rise. Then we got bogged down in overseas wars, the economy tanked, and we gave up much of our privacy for the convenience of the Internet. Here's a look back at the decade and the moments that defined it.
By Joel Achenbach
Sunday, December 27, 2009 - The Washington Post
"The decade began so swimmingly. No Y2K bug, no terrorism, nothing but lots of fireworks as the planet turned and, time zone by time zone, all the zeroes replaced the nines.
America was at peace. Prosperity reigned. The popular president soon announced a budget surplus of $230 billion. The dilemma for Washington lawmakers was what to do with all the extra money."
Where on Earth do Conservatives get the idea that President Clinton did not leave this country with a huge budget surplus? Bush couldn't squander that surplus fast enough. Do Conservatives have any contact at all with the real world?