Via his blog Informed Comment, historian and Middle East expert Juan Cole lists the ten worst things about the Bush Decade.
He begins with:
10. Stagnating worker wages and the emergence of a new monied aristocracy. Of all the income growth of the entire country of the United States in the Bush years, the richest 1 percent of the working population, about 1.3 million persons, grabbed up over two-thirds of it.
9. Health and food insecurity increased for ordinary Americans. Health care costs skyrocketed. About 49 million Americans, one in six of us, worried about having enough food to eat at some points in that year, and resorted to soup lines, food stamps, or dietary shortcuts.