The tanking economy has coincided with shoplifting arrests the size of a Sherman tank. Addictions have also been exacerbated by the widespread need for stimulation, economic and otherwise.
The arrest of Alaskan Governor Palin for taking some five fingered discounts at the exclusive Juneau designer boutique, Caribou Barbie seems like the convergence of economic hard times and a lady now hooked on big ticket body wraps.
Sarah Palin had so much money spent on her by her Republican campaign remake artists that the Juneau jail psychiatrist believes that she's hooked on designer dresses and drapes. This combined with the Alaskan loss of revenue and the added surveillance due to Palin's already sticky fingers has produced a desperately salivating soccer mom who goes shopping for bargains, legal or illin'.