posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 04:34 PM
It depends on who you are, what you do, where you are located, and so on.
Just look at the statistics...millions and millions are already "feeling the effects" in various ways, whether its a need for belt-tightening, an
evaporation of savings, or more serious shocks like foreclosure and homelessness.
Perhaps conditioned by movies, people think of economic woe in very dramatic terms...cue the furious violin background music, bankers plunge out of
windows, etc...but in reality the sky stays blue and the birds keep chirping -- even if your buddy is living in a car and half the houses in your
neighborhood have "for sale" signs on them.
Just take a look around...unless you are in one of those rare never-never-lands of ultra-wealth like the Upper East Side in NYC or Beverly Hills, CA,
I guarantee you will see some signs of malaise. Perhaps your library is closed an extra day of the week, perhaps your fire department has cut its work
force...another thing: people are proud and obsessed with "keeping up appearances," so you rarely know how bad things really are just by looking.
Your co-worker may give you an easy smile at work and tell you in a chipper voice things couldn't be better, but you don't see him at midnight
sitting in front of a pile of bills screaming at his wife and pulling his hair out by the roots.