The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan back in February:
The other day I was in a Wal-Mart in southern Florida. It was Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend but even accounting for that the mood and look of the place was different from what it was two and five years ago. Then, things seemed dynamic—what buys, what an array of products, what bustle in the aisles. This time it seemed tired, frayed, with fewer families and scarcer employees. It looked like a diorama of the Great Recession. What effect do all the successive fiscal cliffs, ceilings and sequesters, have on public confidence? On the public’s spirit?
And the Drudge Report's Matt Drudge, just Tuesday:
Go to any Walmart at 3 in the morning and people watch, and you will understand deeply why Obama is president and why nation is where it is.