With the big increase in crude over the last two days, I was thinking that the American dream may soon become the American nightmare. Home ownership ... problem is, many of those houses are a long commute from where the occupant works. How do you think this is going to play out? Already, I see a premium price on close-in houses and way-out housing prices coming down. Maybe the money is like water ... got to flow. Cheaper housing = higher commute bills. More expensive housing = lower commute bills. Does it all come out in the wash? The money's got to go somewhere ... I remember when there was about a $3K tax credit on the Toyota Prius ... went to the dealer to check it out. Surprise! The car is marked-up over MSRP about the same amount as the tax credit! Read recently about food for a wedding reception. Couple's bill for the food increased just enough to take most of their economic-stimulus tax rebate. How's that for a surprise?