The following is more or less an opinion, not looking for an argument. I wanted to share what I see as our nations biggest challenge, and what will happen if we continue to bury our heads in the sand. I am not going to argue with anyone who presents their view, because that is all this is when you peel back the emotion. It's just a view, an opinion, and it may be flawed, but it can't be held within any longer! :tear: I just finished watching a Dr. OZ segment about hunger in America, which had me on the verge of tears. SEE: http://healthybodydaily.com/ It was so heart wrenching to watch, and hard to believe that here in this nation, families are not only losing their homes, but, more often than not, they lack the food to feed their families. The past administrations in this nation have done nothing to make sure this wouldn't happen here in America. From Reagan to Bush, Sr. to Clinton, To Bush, Jr., to Obama, the fact that a major recession was knocking on the door of Americans was being fended off with more and more borrowing (adding to the American debt), printing and spending more money than DC had, and gutting the middle class, by making that institution in our society weaker with each passing year. The result of borrowing foreign money by the boat loads, and printing money at the drop of the Dow has brought about a total collapse of the middle class. The middle class has been hit hardest by unemployment and the inability to rebound and secure another job. The middle class has been hit hardest by the real estate bubble burst, as they are losing homes, hand-over-fist! They are now on relief aid and receiving food stamps as well as putting more stress on the indigent medical programs, which in turn is seriously putting a pinch on what is left in a shrinking middle class and the upper class by raising the cost to care for their medical needs. This entire fall of the middle class has had a domino effect on the class below them as well as the class above them. The madness and insanity must stop. We must start getting people back to work, and not in minimum-wage jobs. They need good-paying jobs, so they can return to the place of being able to share of the excess, instead of swelling the number of people in desperate need to survive and provide a decent, well balanced meal to their children (something they could do with no after thoughts just three to four years ago). An America, without a strong, thriving middle class, will only serve to bring about a war between the have's and have not's. Poverty is sweeping this nation, the last great bastion of freedom and wealth, and when it is finished sweeping through our society, none of us will be able to live with the results. One more thought about this tsunami of poverty sweeping its way across this land. America cannot (IMHO) bounce back until it puts an immediate stop to the influx of illegal aliens and deports a few million in order to open up jobs for those American citizens no without jobs. Illegal aliens are strangling this country by the neck. The third world mentality they escaped from has only been brought with them to America. The old adage that you can't change the stirpes on the tiger is so true. Third world immigrants, here without proper documentation started with Reagan. These folks may be willing to work for minimum wage and corporations outsourcing work to third-world nations, is one more reason the middle class of America is vanishing from the face of this nation. America will not survive without a middle class, and that fact is beginning to be seen. The problem is, will any of those with the power to stop the insanity step up and do more than pollute the air with empty political promises and sabre rattling rants.