the problem is the squester only reduced the rate of increase in spending. Instead of spending going up by 4% its going up 2% or whatever the numbers are. Its still going up. Still spending more next year than this year. We need it to go down, by HALF. But I believe we are well past the point of no return. As ron paul said, there will be a real economic collapse and the dollar will collapse, then Americans will know what poverty is really all about.