December 14th, 2009
11:42 AM ET

Theme of the '00s? Unpaid bills

David Frum
Special to CNN

It's sometimes said that the '00s opened with a Pearl Harbor and ended with a Great Crash. Yet this dramatic decade still lacks even a name. The Forties had big bands and a bigger war, the Sixties protests and hippies, the Seventies "malaise." But what do we call the decade just ending?

The Double-Zeros? The late Bill Safire suggested the Naughties, "nought" being an old-fashioned term for "zero" (as in dough-nought).

Whatever you call them, the years from 2000 on have been united by one great theme: This is the decade when the bills came due for neglected problems.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    How about the collection call years.

    December 14, 2009 at 11:47 am |