With the middle class eroding, the crumbling Empire of the United States will undergo significant changes in the upcoming future.
The United States economy will never recover (not to the level as it had been a decade ago - that is ancient history). Major investors have already shifted their assets to South-East Asia (manufacturing has already been there for quite a while now) and China is litterally just waiting for the right moment to pull the plug on the United States and then, its place as the greatest and only super-power in the world will be secured. For now Americans are still buying their goods at Wallmart so China will milk the last few dollars out of their pockets.
The majority of people in the United States will experience great poverty and famine will spread. I do not want to seem apocalyptical, this is the course of events though. That is the real reason why phone tapping in the United States is used justas much as it is in China. The government is afraid of the upcoming uprising - the Patriot Act was put in place for this reason.
Defletion will continue and the depriciation of the American dollar as well. There are no remedies for this, the system is broken and in its last days vultures are skirmishing with the carcass. The bankers are finished with it and are full, soon there will be nothing left but bones. Life goes on ...
Remains to be seen about civil war ... depends how soon the army will change sides.