I've been reading through some of the discussions & do not like what I see. There is too much negativity. That makes my depression worse. It saddens me that "spirited" debates & freedom of speech are not allowed here. I think the original core mission of this group as stated in the "Welcome" box is an excellent idea. I am fairly knowledgeable about most aspects of the US, politics, the environment, education (I work in public education), the national budget, etc. We are heading into a recession which by literal definition is 2 quarters of GNP; we already have one quarter & are about to hit the second quarter. I feel that I can make a postive contribution to this group but only if I am allowed to speak freely. Your thoughts?