We'll stand on our fees and when we do increase them I will (ever so-subtly-maybe-not) remind our customers that we did so during these challenging times. I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done and I think my customers understand that - that's my value proposition.
Gas? That's a wild card. I did not expect it to go down but I THINK the powers that be saw what severe damage high gas prices did to the world economy (sub-prime mortgages my ass) in a very short time and are cognizant that raising them again like that could strike a mortal blow.
There are things we can control - like our appetites to spend money we don't have. We as a nation must get over the entitlement mentality that many of us have sunk into. Every American doesn't "deserve" to live like a king or a queen. Get over it and put your work boots back on. We need to heave our shoulders to the plow once again. Can we do it anymore? That's the question.