For me the deficits are like a worldwide terrorist organization working from within. They were not produced by today’s leaders of the world. They have grown steadily over a long period. They can’t be eliminated or seriously reduced quickly by intelligence or prayer or determination or by Obama or the Republicans. They will create nonstop unpleasant and unpopular problems – some dreadfully serious – for a long time to come. Everything is wrapped up in them and unemployment, which is one of the serious difficulties to worry about, is wrapped up in them. Any short-term relief will be another balloon. I think it is ridiculous to expect Obama, after this period of time, to have meaningful solutions, but let’s hope he comes up with something to take the edge off this bad time for almost everyone. It would be good for our spirits to feel that something is happening.