I'm sure a few of our members will think, "Why is he saying this?" Likes it's bad luck to make such a statement. Of course the reality is, the direction of the economy has nothing to do with what people say. If we don't talk about it, then it can't happen. If we don't talk about dying, maybe we'll live longer! We all wish these things were true, but they're not. I now feel strongly that we are in a depression. No one, including (and especially me) is actually qualified to make such a statement at this point in time. But I just did! Some people think we not in a depression because the country doesn't "Look" the same as it did during the Great Depression. We don't see people waiting in food lines in every city and town. And that is true. But we do have over 5 million people now on Food Stamps and that my friends is exactly the same thing as food lines. Except they aren't on display outside waiting in lines. Food Stamps "hide" poverty and allow all of us to blend in...but they're still there. Just for comparison sakes, there were just 1 million people on food stamps in 2005. But unemployment was around 25% during the Great Depression and we have 10% unemployment.....don't we? No, the REAL unemployment level if measured by the same standard of the 30's is over 16% (maybe well over 16%). The reality is, nothing in 2010 would look the same as it did during the 1930's, so we don't judge whether or not we're in a depression by what we "SEE". I do know the gov't can't "fix" what is wrong with the economy because the scale of the problem is far too complicated. Back in the 30's our economy was far more dependent upon conditions within our borders. Today, our corporations operate on a world-wide level. There are huge disparities in income across the globe, every country is at a different point in economic development and causal factors vary widely for each country. We can't fix these things with all the money and printers combined. So we'll just have to be patient and pray things work themselves out soon.