nothing happened during that timespan that would have affected the economy adversely...say 9/11 and the market crash immediately after, afghan war, iraq war, katrina....none of that would have affected economy. and since your so proud to be a california democrat whats your states budget deficit again? how high are the taxes in california again? And since you brought up that things are so better since 2006 insinuating that a democratic congress has done a better job. there has been 6.4 TRILLION DOLLARS ADDED TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT UNDER YOUR DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS.... hell we are running at least 1.2 TRILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL DEFICITS. By any measure that is unsustainable, and irresponsible to our children. Bravo!