There is a famous Chinese curse that goes "may you live in interesting times". To say the least, the current time frame definitely qualifies. I have never seen a situation like this in all my years of monitoring economic and political trends. We now have a society in which the "media" is far more important and influential than political figures. This is a new age that makes it very difficult to predict where this economic situation is really heading. Major changes are afoot and some of the likely outcomes are very scary. The U.S. Banking system must be re-structured and the sooner the better. Real estate must recover. Unless these situations are mitigated the economy cannot recover. Interesting times??????????