First, the Bush recovery has been weak in terms of jobs created, and, more importantly, in terms of growth of wages. This is the first "expansion" since WWII in which real wages have not risen, indeed, the median hourly wage actually fell by 2% since 2003 (Peters 2006). Wages and salaries have reached their lowest share of national income since data began to be collected in 1947 - just 45% of GDP in the first quarter of 2006, compared with 53.6% in 1970 or 50% as recently as 2001. Even workers at the 90th percentile have seen real pay fall for the past three years (Peters 2006). A detailed study of census data found that all of the growth of median income in the United States from 2001 to 2005 was due to growth of incomes of those over age 65; for those under age 65, income fell by an average of $2000 (The New York Times 2006)Good stuff; gotta love them Republicans.