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Tuesday, October 29, 2002
"Financial markets were rattled by a dramatic fall in The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index to 79.4, a low not seen since November 1993, from 93.7 in September and well below forecasts for a fall to 89.7. Excluding September 2001 this was the biggest monthly drop since 1990." —
Yahoo / Reuters. The intervening eight years belonged to the fellated Clinton, whose administration saw the tumescent prosperity of this country rise through the 1990s.

Flashback to 1990: consumer confidence plummets. The lesson for 2002? Like father, like son.

War, terrorism, corporate malfeasance, destruction of the financial markets, loss of trust in public institutions, lack of intelligence and law enforcement credibility, rising crime rates, family alliances with despotic monarchs, ill-advised grudge matches, the usurpation of civil liberties, unparalleled media concentration, lobbyist dictators, oil-driven policy, an unprecedented quantum leap above the routine level of political hypocrisy, timid cowering behind the NRA while snipers circle the Beltway, anthrax assassination attempts on Democrats in Congress, and imperial designs on the rest of the world. How much damage will voters allow?

Vote Republicans out on November 5.

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