Throughout America's history, there have been some years that simply rolled into the next without much notice or fanfare. Then there are the years that come along once in a generation—the kind that mark a clean break from a troubled past, and set a new course for our nation. This is one of those years. We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime.Economic issues are not the only, and not even the most important matters which we face in our lives. I have chosen write on economic issues because that is where I think I have sufficient understanding combined with a perspective that adds something valuable to the debate. However, to view the current economic crisis as greater than the attack on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001 is to reveal a dangerous complacency and a critically flawed world view. Even as mere political drama or hyperbole, such statements are inexcusable for a man about to assume the highest political office of our country.