This week I traveled through most of the western part of the state on sales calls. The people I met were very friendly however the observations of driving through the back roads were more informative to me. I drove through some quaint small towns and witnessed how our economy was faring in these areas. I did not like what I saw as small businesses were displaying the "Out of Business" meme. Kentucky is fly over country for the DC folks however it is indicative of the economy throughout the rest of the country. If what I have witnessed this week is a measure of our policies toward our way life then we are in serious trouble when a small town (Mom and Pop) store who is the only local offering goods for miles around has this sign in the window then we are in deep S**T. I took a good look as I was driving and did not like the amount of "For Rent, This Space Available and CLOSED signs that I saw.