The thread's topic is all about the U.S.'s economic status. The highs, the lows (mostly), the unemployment rate, the heated debates on various cutbacks, and so forth. I have to admit that the economy's downturn over the past years had an effect on my family, so I'm sure most, if not all of you are/were bothered by it in some way. My father's construction business took a major hit, so he's not reeling in as much business, but since he has experience with The Great Depression (so he say) he'll get through it. So, every now and then I'll help my father with the small stuff, so he can keep on keeping on, but eventually things will get better.