As we plunge into the fourteenth year of the new millennium, the fruit-basket-upset of the recession seems to be slowly resolving itself into several clear trajectories. It is as if America, for all of its confused and contradictory yawping, collectively went through a very difficult time - together, it should be noted - and now sits, a little older and worse for the wear. The recession might just be a coming-of-age experience for this country, one that has changed it. In some ways, America is less than before, worn down a little by the harrowing experience, and in other ways, it is more than before - warier, a bit more awakened, perhaps. Awakened and somehow head-over-heels in love with regulation.