Hah! The spending spree sounds like what our government did here just before the holidays too. As for the suicides, that’s really tragic – and telling. That’s a sure indicator of the hopelessness felt by so many. So very sad. I don’t know what general suicide rates are like in the US (used to because it was important to my profession – but stopped following that upon retirement). But the military veteran suicide rate has been running over 20 per day! That’s pushing the 10K rate JUST for that tiny percentage of our overall population (only about 1-2% ever serve in the military in the US).
“Potential to turn ugly?” Certainly. And that, after all, is why the SHTF site was created (thanks, Selco).