I just wanted to comment on something in the beginning of this article which caught my eye. Ann mentions how we once were the freest, most prosperous nation in the world. Did anyone else see the connection between the two ad the current state of our country? As OUR freedoms have been so slyly eroded, so has the status of this once great country. After the ignorant, self-indulgent, creation of the Free Trade Agreements, many of our once proud employment base has now become either partially or completely dependent on the government for any type of existence. See the connection between these and the increasing demise of our country?