http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/gl...08/06/collapse

Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald
As we enter our ninth year of the War in Afghanistan with an escalated force, and continue to occupy Iraq indefinitely, and feed an endlessly growing Surveillance State, reports are emerging of the Deficit Commission hard at work planning how to cut Social Security, Medicare, and now even to freeze military pay. But a new New York Times article today illustrates as vividly as anything else what a collapsing empire looks like, as it profiles just a few of the budget cuts which cities around the country are being forced to make.
I think there is a long way to go before such as described bottoms out and some sort of a resurgence in the American lifestyle emerges--maybe two or three decades at least.