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So the economic consensus is that the recession is over-we landed with a big thud after prolonged contraction and growth–albeit very anemic—has resumed. That´s good news, of course. The costly stimulus and financial industry bailouts indeed appear to be working to stanch what might have been even more prolonged and severe distress. But now we have to dig ourselves out of a huge hole of personal and government debt, while continuing to fight two wars. Unemployment is pegged to continue to rise for a while and the American worker confronts eroding compensation-wages and benefits aren´t what they used to be. How many people do you know make more today than two years ago and who is not paying more for their healthcare?

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