The Kids Aren't All Right

I'm generally an optimistic fellow. I believe that the past 10 years -- boom, bust, and bubble included -- have been one of the better stretches of U.S. economic history. And in replying to pessimists, I've often made the point that I'd happily take a repeat of the past decade, with its strong productivity growth, a lower poverty rate, higher real wages for less-skilled workers, and an increase in overall national wealth.

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