<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Consumer confidence numbers released Tuesday were down sharply. The Conference Board reports that Americans expectations for the future fell to a 35-year low. People in three cities across the country explain how personal the economic downturn is for them.<p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89064859&ft=1&f=1001">All Things Considered (audio)</a><br><br>consumer confidence is way, way down. home prices are falling. the outlook on our future is lower than it's been for nearly my whole life. that's pretty incredible stuff. why does it seem like such ho-hum news? is it because the political stuff is just much more entertaining? que pasa?<br><br>