This underscores an important point about current conservative media and conservative punditry. Look closely at the article. It's talking about nothing that happened in 2004. If there are dates associated with anything, they end in 2000-2003. This is not an article about how great 2004 was, this is an article that things generally got better from 1970 to 2000 or so. We knew that. Republicans and conservatives can take very little credit for that. By calling this story what's good about 2004, there's a subtle but effective agenda to say that everything President Bush has done is responsible for these great advances, when in fact if you dig a little deeper you find just the opposite, that the first Bush term has rolled back a lot of these positive steps, and the second term only seems like it will accelerate this decline.
So, Fox News, and all your stupid Pollyanna conservative lie-spewing pundits, shut the fuck up. And happy new year.