Is All That Angst Misplaced?
Ask Americans what worries them about the economy, and they'll tell you straight out: Almost everything. Slow growth. Unemployment. Inflation. Foreign competition. Somewhere along the way, they say, America has gotten off track. "I don't think you can say to your kids anymore, `If you study hard and play by the rules, things are going to be O.K.,"' says Stephen D. McGregor, 44, a public-relations executive at a Dallas technology company who in the past five years has been laid off by both American Airlines and MCI. "You can't promise that anymore."
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