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This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
We received news this week that the recession, yes the recession we were so often told wasn't yet a recession.

The recession we were told shouldn't be called a recession because it wasn't officially a recession, yet is finally at least officially a recession.

If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck.

You know because you were wincing every time you went to fill your car with gas last spring.

You are more than aware of the fact that your plenty smart, plenty motivated, plenty experienced brother-in-law who was laid off last year, can't get a new job, not one that pays well.

You are aware of the cousin who joined the now more than 30 million Americans on food stamps.

The veneer of prosperity in the United States seems to be wearing thin, or as it was said so perfectly in the movie Swing Vote:

"If America is the richest country in the world, how come we can't afford to live here?"