sign of the tim€s
Taken yesterday on Prince Street. . . in SoHo. . . in New York City. . . in the United States.
Pretty much says all you need to know about our economy.
And New York City.
Update: OK, I am going to say a little more. I didn’t plan this, but word just out this morning: The US dollar has dropped 41% when compared with that euro up there:
When President George W. Bush went to his first Group of Eight summit in 2001, a dominant issue was the dollar -- the strong dollar, that is. The U.S. currency was on a record-setting streak, and the free-marketeering president wasn't going to stand in the way.
On the eve of Bush's last G-8 appearance, the dollar's gyrations are again in the crossfire. This time, it is a weak currency, upended by slumping growth, a housing recession and record gas prices, that is gnawing away at the world economy.
The dollar's 41 percent drop against the euro during Bush's term writes the economic epitaph of an administration that set out to restore American preeminence. Instead, Bush heads to Japan next week for his final international summit with diminished leverage as Russian and Chinese influence grows.
Also, we have now officially entered bear-market territory, according to the WSJ.
An economy in the crapper—signed, sealed, and delivered by George W. Bush.
(cross-posted on The Seminal and Daily Kos)