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American Optimism Must Be Renewed

binc Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 7:01 AM
American optimism has been crushed by the real estate crash, thanks Frank and Dodd, middle class Americans losing 40% of their net worth, thanks Frank and Dodd, companies unwilling to hire due to prohibitive regulations and uncertainty about the costs of health care, thanks Obama and the state of Europe, thanks socialists.

There is something special about looking forward to something. Knowing that there is something good that is going to happen, or even might happen, gives us a reason to get up a bit earlier and work a bit harder. Optimism is the fuel that leads us to put our noses to the grindstone and persevere in the face of the inevitable setbacks.

Without optimism, we wind up looking at temporary setbacks as unscalable, permanent obstacles. What we might be able to overcome becomes too much to attempt. When we have no hope, we have no reason to work hard, to push...