In reality, the economy had a more-than-ten-year expansion till 1987 and even that recession was relatively shallow. And, of course, we addressed over-dependence on oil. But what if we didn’t? The only thing I have is . . just drift? That there are other bright and shiny issues and the Republicans and Democrats more compete on these. And before you so oh-so-quickly say ASB, keep in mind that in the big flow of human history, other large, prosperous societies have also declined, and one could argue basically just thtough drift. It could have happened. Please paint me a scenario.