Dear Abby, my economy's been cheating on me

01/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The shock is in the statistics. For the months of September and October, consumer confidence fell lower than at any time since it's been measured, going back forty years. The same for consumer expectations for the future. More than 70% of Americans say they are spending less than last year. A third of Americans are at risk for moving downward economically, another third know someone who is in that position.

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