This deserves its own thread: 1. By whom? 2. By what standards of measurement? I have my own argument to make about why this is pure, unadulterated hyperbole, but it's your claim: I'd like to hear exactly why you think these things are true. And I would hope such an argument would be based on historical financial data. Statistics that show that what we are seeing now is worse than at any other time in our history. Others are welcome too - others have made similar remarks. Lets hear it. Prove it.