That was me, looking at the quarterly "earnings" statements from my three retirement account statements, and then looking at the interest rate trend on our savings accounts. Crap! I wasn't feeling all that bad about the economy (in spite of everything costing more all of a sudden) until I tallied up how much freaking money those accounts lost. Dang. I realize it is just ones and zeros in some computers somewhere until I decide to cash it in, but man, that stings. I got a whole lot less ones and zeros than I did before. It is a pretty high price to pay for a mortgage crisis and credit crunch that we had no part in bringing about.
And if those "glad tidings" in today's mail weren't enough, we also had a letter from the county informing us that they increased the assessment on our home by about 15% (in spite of the fact that real estate values have stagnated over the last year). I guess they need more money, probably because of the shitty economy. Grumble, grumble, grumble.
Update: Now that I think about it, and am wondering how the county can increase my assessment when our propery has the "homestead exemption + freeze" that is supposed to keep assessments from going up. I'm gonna have to investigate that. Seems fishy to me. Hey Dave... care to comment?