What were the causes, proximate and underlying, leading up to the current economic crisis and polticial crisis in the United States. Specifically, is there one or more event in the late 90's or early 2000's that you can point to that is responsible for the oil crisis, housing crisis, financial crisis lack of respect forand credibility of the US abroad, lack of respect for and credibility of the government by Americans, etc.? I'm looking for specific events, like "9/11" or "2005 interest rate hikes" along with accompanying links, not random Bush-bashing. Thanks! Oh, and doesn't Pastabagel look sporting in that new bowler? The man's taste is beyond reproach!