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What Was I Thinking?

... back in 1992

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The appearance of a new edition of America: What Went Wrong?, a 1992 best-seller by Donald Barlett and James Steele, prize-winning reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is an opportunity for those of us still in the news business to reflect. I have no problem with the subtitle they have added, The Crisis Deepens. But what was I thinking when the book was published? What Went Wrong appeared in the spring of 1992, based on a series that had appeared in the newspaper the autumn before.  Already there was plenty of carnage to fill chapters titled “Dismantling the Middle Class,” “Shifting