Federal policies take their toll

by Julie Walsh on January 28, 2008

It finally dawned on the wizards of Washington this month that high energy prices, the subprime-mortgage meltdown and persistently high taxes — all of which they had a hand in — are taking their toll on Americans' finances and psyches. This realization briefly had President Bush and Congress in a bidding war for Americans' love and confidence. Receiving far less publicity are the words coming from the other side of their mouths.

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