Meph, I agree in that I think many politicians do care to some degree about this country's well being. The problem is many of them are also blinded by their views and incapable of seeing otherwise. The story of the blind men and the elephant comes to mind. An indian dude leads 10 blind men into a room with an elephant and places each one of their hands on a different part of the animal. He doesn't tell them what they're touching or what anyone else is touching. He then asks them to describe what they're touching. One with the trunk says a hose, one with the tail says a brush, one with the tusk says a spear, one with the ear says a fan, etc. They then proceed to argue over what the greater whole is based on the sole pieces they're holding. That's partisan politics to me. Republicans amassing and saying their shit must be addressed before they address anything else is gay. If democrats did that it would be gay as well. But they do it out of fear of losing face or losing power or losing support. Those are powerful motivators, which is why I say all the shit I do, because when you go into a lawmaking process with no care over your own fate and purely with the agenda of making the country a better place for everyone then you can start going somewhere. Anwedie, I'm jealous of your ability to watch the market regularly. I'm too busy these days But worse than what you said is the whole HFT and darkpool bullshit we got going on. I'm very much against that kind of trading between funds and brokerages because they're essentially establishing a pattern of printing money through (in)formal agreements with each other and not allowing anyone else to play. I'd totally go for some HFT if the SEC would give me a direct pipe to the market. I'd also crash it once a month just to piss someone off. But when you have separate "blackmarket" trading arenas like that, it's worse than the insider deals that already cause trouble (in my opinion).