A prime example of the middle class being destroyed, while the wealthy get richer. But, be encouraged. As Lonewolf stated, when times get tough money is not going to help you if there is nothing to buy. I think the .1% will be more than willing to sacrifice the Wall Streeters and Banksters to protect themselves. I am also encouraged to read that many job creators (i.e. people who have small businesses) are much more attuned to taking their wealth and putting it to good use. No McMansions, but self-sustaining farms and ranches. I am becoming more encouraged, that after the SHTF, the society that grows out of it, will be more like the America we remember.