There are times when you are forced to see the extent of the state of our economy. If you are a parent, it is definitely when preparations are made for kids to go to school. From the purchase of clothing and school supplies to the conversations with teachers and administrators who inform you of what classes are no longer offered or which ones are only offered at a time that does not work for your schedule because two schools are sharing one teacher. When I think about the dismal state of the funding of the people charged with educating my children, I wonder about the big corporations that get all kinds of cash and subsidies to set up shop and treat people like dirt. I wish our educators could get a subsidy or a bailout.