The bells are ringing, the water is rising in many parts of the country, fires are blazing out of control and the crazy woman from Iowa has announced her intentions to run for President of the United States. In a world gone mad, it is evidently possible for respectable people to continue to make silly decisions. Towns are underwater, families are drowning in debt and what will surely be an issue in the coming election will be whether or not people of the same sex will be allowed to be married. That will be the important issue used as a wedge to drive more people to the polls and create a bigger divide between our common desires to create a better world. Instead, we in Minnesota are watching the horizon for the looming shutdown of our state's government that hardly generates more than a whisper among the richest 2% who are having their way with the rest of the 98. In an economy in shambles, what may possibly give us the push over the cliff may be our elected officials' inability to compromise? I am seriously considering voiding all of the attempts that our government will take to grab my money away in the form of taxes that will continue to go to a government incapable of doing the right thing, and that is keeping the wheels of the machine appropriately greased. Oh by the way, don't forget that the United States is continuing to fight a war in three geographically different areas. Our government is spending 2$ billion dollars a week, combined in the different theaters. We have no money to feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide job creation or a proper education for all children, but we do have money for the justification of taking lives all the while providing easier access to the world's oil reserves. It's a sad state of affairs to realize that Obama is just the continuation of a long line of false promises offered in political campaigns with candidates who offer no real desire for implementation. I hope that the Arab Spring spreads across the Atlantic, and we truly do "take our country back."