Jet Tech, What I am saying is that the economy in it's present form is unsustainable. Yes, eventually things will get better but in order for that to happen, the present situation has to be drastically altered. Oprah did some research and discovered that 60% of all wage earners don't earn enough to support themselves without subsidies. My local newspaper also had an article that said there is not ONE single county in the US that someone can live on minimum wage. You cannot have plummeting wages in an inflationary economy forever. It just doesn't work. People are raiding their retirement accounts and tapping out their credit cards to live. This is unsustainable. This whole house of cards WILL collapse and eventually something sustainable will replace it. It has to. The biggest problem is that most people will not address the issue until its too late. Unfortunately, because of that, the "house of cards" will collapse. Jet Tech, Let's look back at history. When asked what the people should eat now that they have no bread, Marie Antionette replied "Let them eat cake." Of course, we all know what the people did to respond to that. She lost her head over it. Granted this situation here isn't that grave...yet. But like I pointed out in the previous post, how bad does it have to get before people see what's happening??? To be fair, I've never made $35/hr at UAL or Boeing. However it's the TREND that's so disturbing. At what point is enough enough?