I think it's about to (or is already dropping and at an increasing velocity) The first shoe dropped in 2008. That did much to wipe out the economic solvency of the middle and upper middle classs. And they CAN NOT pull us out of this economy because they are BROKE. In order to keep the banking system from melting down our government (and others too) took on enormous debts which has given us something like a hiatus from disaster for the last couple years. That I think we can all agree on, right? But consider what's happening right now... The prices of commodities are spiking like crazy (Silver nearly $40? It was $7 five years ago and the last $20 increase or so was in the last few months). The price of oil is directly effecting the quality of life (hence the economy, too) of most Americans. This is happening very quickly, much like it did preceding the 2008 meltdown There appears to be a movement from other nations to migrate off the USD as the international currency of exchange. They're not openly saying that, but their governments seem to be investing heavily in non USD specie including metals. I think something's afoot there, folks, I really do. IF the USD falls, the governments ability to stabilize the economy and placate the people by borrowing from abroad to help us purchase imports is nuetralized. So what is the government likely to do? Certainly they'll cut back on spending for domestic issues. People, something like 43 million Americans are already on food stamps, and they depend on those to eat. Plus millions of families need heating assistance, too. Obviously they will be the first people affected, but what happens when one out of every 7 Americans is hungry and cold? Contrary to what most of you hope not all of them will go gently into the night. And what happens to American industry and farming (that borrows as normal part of doing business ) has to pay huge interest rates because the USD is not longer a safe currency? How will THAT effect the economies of those still working? (We're already seeing effects from the Japan diasters. Now imagine the same kinds of slowdowns in every industry) I think we're about to see that other economic shoe drop, folks. In fact I think its dropping but hasn't hit the floor (or the consciousness of most Americans...yet). Unless something is happening behind the scenes that I am not aware of, I cannot see how USD going to get out what I suspect is becoming an inflationary spiral. I think we've hit some kind of economic tipping point, folks. Expect stagflation on a scale we have never seen. Prices will rise, but salaries (for enough Americans who still have jobs) won't come anywhere near enough for those debtors to take advantage of it. Hey, I hope I am being an alarmist, I truly do. But I do not think I am over reacting, folks.