When I see headlines like this, I fear the worst: http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/tr...as-fully-turned-around-the-u-s-economy/23369/ In general, everywhere you look, you see stores closing. In my area, markets like Haggan (which opened/closed seemingly in the same year), Fresh/Easy... This being the end of the holidays--I'm expecting major stores that held on just til now will announce bankruptcy or something (I had some Borders cards that were left unused... I have some Barnes/Noble cards now that I'm determined not to see go wasted either). I also finished reading a book called, "The Crash of 2016". It highlights why a crash is imminent. Of course we have an election coming where an administration is on the way out, like we had in '08. I think those administrations do their best to patchwork the economy on the way out, so that the clean-up/legacy is left to the incoming. It was in that time when I earned my credential ('08). It took many years of toil to work my way into teaching, even having to extend my preliminary credential without having any chance to clear it. Now we sit here 8 years later, and I feel like I'm in the same place. I will get a pink-slip this year just like I did last year... that year, I felt 80/20 that I'd be back. This year, I would think 50/50 at best. Anyone else feel this way?