"Regarding my gloomy outlook - look at it this way: this country is not capable of dealing with the economic and standard of living plunge that would occur IF the Government were to implement the type of policies and spending cuts required to fix the system. Just think about the implications for joblessness and the massive increase in poverty that would occur if the Government were cut itself down by the at least the 50% required to start balancing real spending. This country would look like a 3rd world country on steroids. So that being the case, the people on top and inside know this so they are looting what they can, while they can. And no one is around to stop this because the people who were voted into office to enforce the laws - of the people, by the people and for the people - are the same ones who are engaged in the mass looting of our system."