A couple of years ago I remember hearing Gerald Celente (a noted trends forecaster) talk about the sort of unrest we've seen in the Middle East. He went so far as to say it could come to Europe and the US as well.
Looks like he might be correct.
An "austerity" movement (cutting government spending by drastic margins) is almost certain because of the dire financial positions states and even countries are finding themselves in. Will we see the unrest that has occurred in other countries make its way here?
That is the billion dollar question, I suppose.