I'm not one of these Glen Beck gold nuts, nor am I an economist, but I am pretty happy with my recent decision to invest in (physical. currency) gold. The current situation, with everything being built on debt, cannot stand. Not advocating a return to the gold standard, but right now gold as a savings vehicle seems to be a good thing.
This is going to get worse before it gets better, and at this point, politics (at least conservative vs liberal) have nothing to do with it, it's beyond that now.
The unfortunate truth to all of this is that we (the western world) have gotten too used to being able to have anything we want with little actually cost. This goes from the guy next door buying on credit the huge TV he doesn't actually need, to the guy a few blocks from him who wanted a mansion on a $40,000 a year paycheck, to the government wanting a war it can't pay for (note please that I am not arguing whether the current war is just or not, I'm just saying we can't afford it). It can't continue.
Reminds me of the old gospel song, "My hope is built on nothing less" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekUGXnRcR-M
"All other ground is sinking sand."