Predicting the specific future, in general, is difficult but predicting how groups will respond to difficulty can be done with precision. When economic difficulties become more pronounced, citizens will opt for more government solutions. The situation will get worse, not bottom. No, people will not smarten up. This behavior is not a choice, really. People are hard wired to submit to a central authority and will hurry to do so when under stress.
Seasonal Statistics For October 12