It began earlier than 2003. I recall watching R. Reagan on TV during the early 1980’s. After giving the wealthy the first (of many to come) tax cuts, he then procedded to cut many tax deductions, like interest on credit card debt, and other home-owner deductions, which were of benefit for middle-class citizens. He then shuffled his papers, looked into the camera and said “there’s no more free rides folks!” After that, government policies were prompted by, and implemented for the benefit of the wealthy investors: deregulation, more tax breaks for the upper class, “trickle-down” justification. The rape of America began, and is still going on.