The U.S. economy is like a zebra that has stumbled into a spot of quicksand. The more it struggles, the faster it will sink, but if the zebra can be patient, help may come along sooner than it knows.

A lot of people are worried about the economy, and they should be. We are in tough times right now and people are losing their jobs. People are also losing their homes, their cars, their speedboats and their second vacation homes. Some of them had it coming, for buying more than they could afford under the assumption that the good times would keep going on forever, and for failing to save a little for a rainy day.

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