I've been thinking: What if the current economic condition in the US is not just a temporary downturn? Everybody seems to be sitting around waiting on the US economy to recover. And with that, Federal revenue is supposed to increase, unemployment is supposed to go back down, etc. But when you stop and think about it: the US makes very few exportable products now, our education system is abysmal, the Feds are spending our grandchildren's money every day and printing money to keep voters happy. Environmentalists won't allow us drill for oil in the US or build new nuclear power plants any time soon. It is conceivable that the US will NOT recover, but will just continue its downward economic spiral. Personally, I don't see anything on the horizon that could make it better. The only thing that could make it better would be slashing the Federal, state, and municipal taxes, budgets, and workforces, eliminate Federal watchdog agencies like OSHA and EPA---allowing businesses to invest and make a profit. And I don't think that will happen.