Yes. Lots of tradeoffs, in this game, IMO. :? Various constituencies competing. Balancing the needs of the present with the future. Trying to get elected so you have enough time in office to accomplish anything at all. Having enough foresight (or good enough advisors) to understand the long-term implications of today's decisions. Finding money, period. *shrug* Not simple. :? btw, the price of gas went up here about 15 cents per gallon in the past week. Did something new happen that I missed? :? I saw a headline about potential record-high oil prices on the way. Are the prices up in reaction to the headline? Or did something real (i.e. non-speculative) happen?