The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush

From Vanity Fair:

When we look back someday at the catastrophe that was the Bush administration, we will think of many things: the tragedy of the Iraq war, the shame of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, the erosion of civil liberties. The damage done to the American economy does not make front-page headlines every day, but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page.

I can hear an irritated counterthrust already. The president has not driven the United States into a recession during his almost seven years in office. Unemployment stands at a respectable 4.6 percent. Well, fine. But the other side of the ledger groans with distress: a tax code that has become hideously biased in favor of the rich; a national debt that will probably have grown 70 percent by the time this president leaves Washington; a swelling cascade of mortgage defaults; a record near-$850 billion trade deficit; oil prices that are higher than they have ever been; and a dollar so weak that for an American to buy a cup of coffee in London or Paris—or even the Yukon—becomes a venture in high finance.

The Simpsons’ Body Count

The Simpsons’ Body Count.

The iconoclastic show has become noted for, among other things, the participation of big name guest stars who often appear as themselves. One little noted grisly fact about this wildly popular television program, however, is that its guest stars have developed a nasty habit of waking up dead after they appear.

Below is a list of celebrities who had the misfortune of running afoul of the Simpson gang.

The list is incomplete, however; celebrities are continuing to meet their maker on a regular basis, while the Simpsons have managed to rack up a body count that would be the envy of the Soprano crime family. And yet the dark side of the Simpson family, friends, and associates remains mostly unexamined.

Until now.