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The comments so far are mostly unsympathetic. This is what I have obseerved for some time now in comments to articles about poverty in the daily newspaper of my midwest city with a population of 150,000+ and a very high poverty rate, especially among the children and minorities. Compassion seems to be in short supply these days, and that's what I really find frightening. It's not the loss of a stellar credit-rating, or a drop in the stock market, but greed, self-centeredness, and a hardening of hearts that I'm most concerned about.