Hmmmm.......... My anonymous commenter yesterday may be right. Because this sure ain't reassuring...... Again, much of this would have happened no matter who was in charge. After all, August IV more or less had to promise this in order to stave off the sale of the company (not, of course, that it did him any good.) And then the economy tanked. Still. The brute reality is, well, ugly. As always, my thoughts -- and my perhaps-unwarranted-optimism -- are with the good folks in St. Louis.