There's an old quote I've been thinking about lately that goes 'It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.' Unfortunately, the quote is attributed to a communist (which I didn't know until I researched it just now... gah). Not sure what BS she was peddling when she said it, because communism makes more people live on their knees than just about any other political system, but the words themselves are meaningful.
I saw something posted this morning that detailed where exactly we're at right now, so we can look back this time next year. The only data point I remember is gas price. It said $1.95 a gallon. Yesterday, gas here was $2.08 where I usually get gas and $2.22 at the place where I buy feed. (They're always more expensive because it's all straight gas - no ethanol.) My friend at the feed store said 'It's starting.' Remember where we're at right now. This is as good as it's going to get.
How soon the masses forget $4 a gallon gas under the current ruling party. We'll see it again shortly.
By the way, gas with ethanol is only cheaper because of government subsidies. You're still paying for it - just with your taxes instead of your cash.
Someone said something rather poignant when I was standing around talking with friends about things and we got around to the political climate. "I don't really pay attention to all that stuff." I'm sure she's not alone. And that's why we are where we are today. People don't pay attention until they're in line to load up the cattle cars.
The other day, Mom was telling me a story about the squirrels and the hawks in her apartment complex. One day, several squirrels were running around the green space outside her apartment when a hawk landed nearby. Initially they scattered, but soon they came right back to where they were. Oblivious. With the hawk still standing there. We figure the hawk was either too young to know what to do or it wasn't very hungry. Everything's fine until the hawk that's watching you decides to flex its claws.
This is just me, talking. Will I still be allowed to talk four years from now? We'll see.