Thanks for the responses! It's either fish or cut bait, and I chose to fish.
Or maybe write bait... Wait, I think I have short term memory loss. Was I fishing or baiting? Or just lowering blood pressure by out-gassing?
To continue, it just makes me angry that our entire economy is based on "froth". Let me explain.
* The pundits rale on our GDP being down 1%. Yet no-one notices its still 99% strong.
* The retailers howl about Black Friday being poor. That's the traditional time retailers start to make a profit (11 months into the year or almost 93% of that year).
* Consumer confidence is down. Spending is 1-2% down. Yet there are howls of consternation from finance and retail.
My conclusions from this is that individuals and institutions have come to expect that their profitability is entirely dependent on those last few percent of "froth" on top of a stable base. The entire system has been developed on anticipated growth, and when that growth stops, the "froth" lessens and the bottom drops out of profits.
It's yet another flimm-flamm from my parents. They encouraged me to "be happy with what you have". Obviously wrong.
But there's a good side. You (and me) thought we were powerless as a class to influence the power-brokers, mega-retailers, bankers, and wall street. Noooooo.
All it took was the threat of saving a bit more, spending a bit less on credit, and putting off buying that new car a while, to bring the financial nation to its knees. Power to the People!