Unemployment is still at a record high, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is doing the back stroke after firing U.S. Ag official Shirley Sherrod for being refreshingly honest, Arizona is still taking flack over their crackdown on illegals while farmers struggle to find a "legal" workforce, the majority of Americans do not have health insurance and will not be able to afford it even with the health care reform, gasoline prices are on the rise again, and President Obama says "It could be worse". Not really words of encouragement for a nation that is just barely keeping its head above water right now. At the same time, we need to remember that it is always easier to say how something should be fixed when you're not the one having to do the fixing. It has been a long and bumpy road getting to the place we are today and I'm not sure anyone could really pinpoint the exact moment in time this proverbial snowball started its downward descent. Bottom line, we as a nation are still better off than the majority of our global neighbors. We have the freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and the press. We also have the freedom to change our government officials every two to four years.