Talk about legs! After six years and counting, the marathon expansion of the U.S. economy is already the country's third longest on record, and many economists expect it to stride right into the 21st century. "This is truly the best business expansion in American history, and it's going to last at least until the end of the decade," predicts Allen Sinai, chief global economist for Primark Decision Economics. Such endurance would put the upturn ahead of both the 1960s and the 1980s on the pursuit-of-happiness scale.

Those decades came to ugly conclusions, alas, but this one is likely to be different....

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