I actually took the time today to learn how the banking system works via this highly touted video. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9050474362583451279&q=money+as+debt And then on top of that I learned in sociology about how the distribution of wealth has changed in this country since 1968. Apparently the top 5% own 90% of the wealth, has seen 95% of the income growth, and up until 2000 was paying only 68% of the taxes. Of course, it has dropped signifcantly since the Bush tax cuts, but we have no way of proving that since Bush prohibited the IRS from providing the statisticians with the information they have tradtioonally used to calcluate who is paying what. I'm not one for conspiracy theories but I'm really starting to believe the rich are out to get us! Add on top of that this huge bailout which seems to utterly doom us to depression either way and it seems like the richest people in this country have enslaved us all.