Reduced stimulus combined with adversely high oils prices may very well be the tumbling boulders that bring down the mountain.
We are close now. Beyond the undeniable economic factors, the very fabric of American government is crumbling. Corruption is openly rampant. Scandals are exposed daily. The establishment leadership is unapologetic and grows even more despotic with each truth that escapes into the open air. They are becoming MORE bold, not less bold, and those of us who seek transparency in all things, from politics, to economics, to surveillance, are being attacked as the source of the problem rather than the solution.
In Germany, the protection of privacy remains a primary concern, as dark memories linger of surveillance under Hitler's totalitarian regime and spying on citizens by former communist East Germany's secret police, the Stasi.