Depression skillz -- who has them?
Take a hard look around you, boys and girls. The GOP is going to shut down GM if they can, and maybe Ford. How come? Autoworkers. Union labor. Kill the Big Three (Chrysler's already gone) and you can stamp out the next-to last vestiges of not-serfdom in the US.
"Clean coal" programs will, in all likelihood, lead us back to company towns. The middle class might be doomed -- but the skills of our grandparents, great-grandparents, and for those of us of a certain age, parents and selves might prevent our kids from suffering too much, if we gather them up and pass them on.
We've talked pretty extensively about knitting and crocheting here, but we haven't talked about sewing, mending, quilting. Art it has been, for the last 30-50 years; but it's about to be survival, again. We've talked about winemaking, and to some degree about cooking. We need to talk about these things, and similar ones like preserving food, more.
Let's talk about "doing without" -- if tomorrow you had a place to live, but you didn't have all our modern conveniences, what would your lifestyle changes be? What if you were in a walk-up cold-water flat somewhere? What if you had to make do without a fridge in your office as well as one in your home? What if you needed to take lunch to work?
In the era of "public schools are no damn good" we've seen a destruction of all skills not aimed at passing standardized tests. Progressive standards like Home ec and shop classes have gone by the wayside, just as have art and music and, increasingly, anything not geared toward "passing the test" or "winning the ballgame".
It's not up to us alone, but in addition to bitching about how Obama will wreck the nation, we need to share the information we have about how not to bet buried in the debris.