So Larry, what you're basically saying is that we're screwed for at least the next two, maybe four years. All we can hope for is that the country doesn't completely fall apart before then. I've lost my optimism. My contention was that this last election was a referendum on whether or not the American people are as stupid as the Democrats think they are. When I saw exit polls showing that 53% of voters blamed Bush for the economy 4 years into Obama's presidency, the question was answered.