Weed. Guerrilla entrepreneurs to the rescue. Seizures are up ten-fold since 2002, much more due to increased volume than extra enforcement. That's one way to pay the mortgage (as the hilarious TV show, "Weeds" portrays).
The best way to test ongoing public support for war is to share the sacrifice. That's why David Obey's proposal to tie Iraq funding to a temporary tax is perfect (and should be a requirement for all future conflicts).
CIBC's chief economist. The important thing is that this won't be a price spike, but just the cost of maintaining the current growth patterns.
Over the past one hundred years, we have been able to plow through obstacles and limits to growth by throwing cheap energy at them (which makes even inefficient increases in social/economic complexity, viable). What happens when energy isn't cheap anymore, but rather moderately expensive? Do those past increases in complexity come back to haunt us? Yes.