This Can't Be Good
The only way gold and gas can be so cheap right now is if there are tremendous forces driving the price down. Perhaps a firesale of cheap cash to pay for a flood of gold derivitives and futures contracts so that the dollar doesn't appear to be worthless. Not until at least we get through the November election. After that there's gonna be something like two years before anyone important needs to worry about what the average American cares about. Until then enjoy the massive volume of gold futures contracts that are coming from the United States and keeping the dollar from becoming a complete embarassment.