Somehow, the news today is reminding me of the summer of 2004 -- all of two years ago. We had a presidential election coming up that fall, and I remember passing signs on gas stations, on my way to work, that offered self-serve unleaded regular for $1.89 per gallon. I thought at the time that those signs said, in effect, "Kerry for President." I was quite mistaken -- or maybe that was in fact the message, but the electorate was unconvinced. Properly so, too ... Kerry would've done substantially the same things Bush has done.
I won't repeat the error now. If, as seems possible by fall, the signs say $3.95, that likely won't elect many Democrats to Congress. Not only has the art of gerrymandering effectively election-proofed most Congressional districts, but the Democrats have proven themselves an incredibly pathetic opposition party. The most likely medium-term future that I see from here involves a soggy-cardboard-style economic collapse, resulting from the building debt tsunami. Fasten those seat belts, and hold on tight!