So to sum it up:
"It's Bush's Fault."
Not all. But good diversion.
I give you a lot of crap here for your economics posts. I do so because you don't come with an A Game for the discussion, oft time, not even with a game [the post I commented on was an example]. It is not all your fault. You just don't have the experience to discuss it that many on this board do. If you just look at four of us: jimsmith, who has 30 plus years as a systems manager on national level projects, drewprof who has 20 plus years in international business consulting experience, FTL, with 20 plus years in energy economic analysis and me with 33 years of systems analysis and 25 plus years of economics, we might not have all the answers, but we have a shitload of experience from which to draw informed opinion and understand what information is valid and what information is just a pile of words.
You might not like the answers that we give, but they come from experience, and are based on sound economic theory, history and 30+ years of knowledge in the fields. Those links we provide, and have for over five years are gleaned from going through what we cull from the flood of information on the subjects.
You just don't have that simply because you haven't had the opportunities to glean it yet. You might by the time you hit 45-50 if you do the right stuff and take the right classes and get the right education and get the right contracts. Skimming the internet for Economics 201 won't cut it.
You are young and have a ton of opportunities before you. This is a serious, honest recommendation. Find yourself a job in England, France, Germany or Japan and move your family there for a couple of years and apply and go to their premiere University and study Global Economics. While a Masters would be good, do it for the learning and classes, not the degree goal. I did this in the mid 1990s for 18 months. I got a gig in Milton Keynes and took additional Global Economics classes from London School of Economics. I already had a Masters and was just looking for additional classes.
I suggest an international school so you can insure that you avoid the perception in many of the US schools that they might be biased toward either US Liberal or US Conservative Economic thought. Not all are but to avoid the perception, a global perspective is much better for your education.