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Reuters Opinion: When did America get so pessimistic?
Reuters Opinion ^ | 11/15/2012 | Zachary Karabell

Posted on 11/15/2012 2:41:46 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Barely had the counting ceased in last week’s presidential election when the news took a somber turn. Two of the next day’s headlines read “Back to Work, Looming Fiscal Crisis Greets Obama” and my favorite, “America has Sown the Seeds of Its Own Demise.”

Politicians either celebrated or decried the results, but regardless of party affiliation most warned of formidable challenges and a perilous future.

How did it come to pass that even the resolution of a contested election brings almost zero relief from the relentless focus on problems and threats? How did a country that for much of its history exhibited a (sometimes naive) willingness to ignore obstacles and plunge forward become a society that struggles to turn its gaze away from the dangers that loom just ahead? In short, how did the United States become so pessimistic?

Some of it surely has to do with how the past decade has unfolded. Without question, this has been a challenging time for America and much of the Western world. We can all recite the crises, disasters and failures: Y2K, the bursting of the Nasdaq stock market bubble in 2001, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Enron, WorldCom, the bursting of the housing bubble, the Wall Street implosion of 2008, the euro zone’s troubles, chronically high unemployment, anemic growth, the continued emergence of China as a global economic force. I could go on.

The bleak attitudes of the past decade are in stark contrast to the giddy optimism of the 1990s, a consequence of the Internet revolution,a soaring stock market and the end of the Cold War. Yet even then, the growth model that so many Americans took for granted was showing signs of strain. Manufacturing jobs were quietly evaporating, and incomes for the middle class were stagnating.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; economy; pessimism

1 posted on 11/15/2012 2:41:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

When did America get so pessimistic?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Around 9:00pm


2 posted on 11/15/2012 2:44:35 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

well.. it might have something to do with the affirmative action idiot still in the whitehouse screwing things up as fast as he can between golf outings and family vacations.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 2:45:08 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rooters to U. S. Citizens, “Come on, put on your happy face as Obama destroys what took over 238 years to build.”

And we are supposed to get information from this bunch?


4 posted on 11/15/2012 2:45:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When the Democrats came to power is when I became pessimistic.


5 posted on 11/15/2012 2:45:47 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Pray to God. Apologize to your children.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
well.. it might have something to do with the affirmative action idiot still in the whitehouse screwing things up as fast as he can between golf outings and family vacations.

Nah, can't be.

6 posted on 11/15/2012 2:46:22 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

For me it was whn I realized that we have a narcicistic THUG
as Commander In Chief.

Always about him.
Thugish behavior to anyone who has questions.
Do you agree?


7 posted on 11/15/2012 2:46:30 PM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: SeekAndFind

8 years of being told the economy is terrible followed by 4 years of the economy actually being terrible has left American quite sure things suck.


8 posted on 11/15/2012 2:46:30 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

When Socialist from both gop and dem came to power is when I became pessimistic


9 posted on 11/15/2012 2:47:55 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Responsibility2nd
Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Around 9:00pm

bump

Does this about narrow things down enough for you??

10 posted on 11/15/2012 2:48:03 PM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the author a complete idiot or a misguided fool?

Does this writer seriously think that an election or simply pretending the problems don’t exist will make them go away?


11 posted on 11/15/2012 2:49:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL!


12 posted on 11/15/2012 2:51:45 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: SeekAndFind

When did I get pessimistic?

When I found out that I am now a minority with fewer and fewer rights and far less freedom, I have a POtuS in the WH who hates white, married,Christian males who are conservative even more than he hates the rest of white America and everything it stands for and, even though we knew nothing about him, he was elected President by enough of the legal and illegal American people through fraud and pandering.


13 posted on 11/15/2012 2:52:35 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: SeekAndFind

In 2008 the result had a certain inevitability about it - pitiful candidate, plus the media-generated impression that Odummy was a man of substance, plus the whole first-black-president thing. That didn’t depress me. Nov 6 2012 is it for me - the day my country committed suicide, shut down the lights on the shining city on a hill and joined the unwashed masses in the muck. People know how bad the putz is but voted for him anyway. That’s depressing.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 2:57:35 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: SeekAndFind

When half of Americans realized that the other half are slutty, socialist, baby-killing morons, and that Obama is moving fast to put in place the mechanisms for killing millions of Americans, either by euthanasia, or starvation, or “riots,” or a Muslim dirty bomb.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 2:59:20 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
In short, how did the United States become so pessimistic?

Abe will explain from "the other side."

You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.

Obama is a biological-ideological issue of the 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats.

The Other America's Elite Class.. and the Establishment's New Normal


16 posted on 11/15/2012 3:00:26 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: GeronL

Well it’s worked wonders over in Eurabia. /s


17 posted on 11/15/2012 3:01:54 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Happy Days are Here Again”


18 posted on 11/15/2012 3:11:24 PM PST by reagandemocrat (so let's sing a song of cheer again)
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To: SeekAndFind
My wife called me from work to check for her something on a website...it was Whitehouse.gov.

I arrived at the website and something sick wrong evil and cloying was grabbing at my soul...it was if I were watching the VHS tape from “The Ring.”

I told my wife I had to get off and that we may check it out when she gets home...like I meant that.

19 posted on 11/15/2012 3:11:54 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Obama is Satan's evil twin.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yes. That was about the time it set in for me...


20 posted on 11/15/2012 3:14:36 PM PST by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: Responsibility2nd
How did a country that for much of its history exhibited a (sometimes naive) willingness to ignore obstacles and plunge forward become a society that struggles to turn its gaze away from the dangers that loom just ahead? In short, how did the United States become so pessimistic?

When we realized:

The MSM whored for Democrats... and were proud of it. ZERO concern about right or wrong - just what letter was beside a person's name. Two standards - one that always was biased against us. One that favored liberal elites.

Election rigging considered 'cool' by democrats. No outrage about voter fraud. (Their team cheated so it was OK)

Conservatives boycotted by Hollywood. 'Entertainment - such as it was - was only for liberals - and often at our expense.

Conservatives painted as 'extremists' by democrats and their creepy totalitarians thugs. The MSM - with ZERO proof jumped on it with glee.

Union goons portrayed as heroes.

Stories of Bill Clinton raping a woman bringing laughter from liberal elites - it's 'just sex' - hahaha...

All types of abuse of the powerless by democrats treated as a joke.

Teachers who can't teach retained because they're unions had an 'in' with democrats elites. Schools used to push liberal values - as offensive as it would be if they were pushing conservative values.

Awareness that many minorities didn't come here 'yearning to be free' but to milk the system - and it was OK with liberal elites - because those wanting to rip off the system voted for democrats and helped propped up a corrupt system.

When one day conservatives knew this wasn't the country we had loved and our strongest desire toward the place was to live someplace else.

21 posted on 11/15/2012 3:18:14 PM PST by GOPJ (Petraeus confession: like something from a 'Soviet purge trial'....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Just about the time the results started looking a little bleak for the removal of the Current Regime by peaceful means?

Nah, just another isolated and unrelated conincidence. Ya just gotta go through the blues sometimes, ya know?


22 posted on 11/15/2012 3:18:29 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I thought this must have been The Onion!


23 posted on 11/15/2012 3:22:03 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Tuesday, November 6, 2008. Around 9:00pm

Yep.

So far I've been able to document ~70,000 people laid off or notified since then.

24 posted on 11/15/2012 3:32:16 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Reuters Opinion: When did America get so pessimistic?"


25 posted on 11/15/2012 3:33:16 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Responsibility2nd

Passage of Obamacare did it for me, along with Justice Robert’s decision.

I think it fundamentally changed the nation forever.


26 posted on 11/15/2012 3:37:50 PM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: Happy Rain

I arrived at the website and something sick wrong evil and cloying was grabbing at my soul...it was if I were watching the VHS tape from “The Ring.”

That is precisely why prayer is our most potent weapon. We are up against some serious evil and we desperately need some Serious Good to fend off the evil. The best laid plans of men will be of no avail without the intervention of God. Pray for that.


27 posted on 11/15/2012 3:43:12 PM PST by Josephat
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To: discostu

Excellent post.


28 posted on 11/15/2012 3:44:44 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: SeekAndFind

The election of Bill Clinton

It’s been downhill ever since


29 posted on 11/15/2012 3:45:02 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: GeronL
He's an establishment guy. Author of Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It.

I guess he's sort of futurist here, skipping over the tough stuff in the immediate future and talking about long term possibilities.

30 posted on 11/15/2012 3:49:13 PM PST by x
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no point in explaining this to anyone stupid enough to ask. When you combine an evil anti-American communist in our White House with a significant minority of Americans who actually think that is a good enough idea to try the experiment for eight years, pessimism becomes indistinguishable from realism.


31 posted on 11/15/2012 3:51:32 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: All

for the last 30+ years, the media has been telling us that we are too stupid to control our own lives. They tell us that the other guy has too much stuff and there’s nothing you can do about except for electing democrats and they’ll get it for you. They tell us we were built on the backs of slaves, indians and exploitation and they wonder why people are pessimistic?


32 posted on 11/15/2012 3:55:03 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: discostu

Actually, when Obama started using his excuse and continual campaign mantra: I inherited the worst economy since the GREAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT DEPRESSSSSSSSION


33 posted on 11/15/2012 3:55:19 PM PST by Toespi
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To: SeekAndFind

When we all became Socialists?


34 posted on 11/15/2012 4:14:01 PM PST by ully2
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To: SeekAndFind

It started in Nov 2008 and REALLY escalated in Nov 2012.


35 posted on 11/15/2012 4:38:41 PM PST by beckysueb
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To: jessduntno

Amen, but take heart Jess, I was once a lefty myself.


36 posted on 11/15/2012 4:58:01 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: SeekAndFind

If you knew what the bad guys were doing then you would be pessimistic especially if we couldn’t stop it. There are so many threats to America that it is hard to know where to start. This why even people in the tea party groups don’t know everything. I feel that I should do a list of all the threats facing this country, but it hard to know where to begin. There so many different kinds of threats as well which lead people to claim different things will happen in doomsday scenarios. Then you get angry at following the rabid left. They just don’t get it.


37 posted on 11/15/2012 5:02:30 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: 4rcane

I am no longer a Republican. I went independent. I’ve had enough. They will just push Jeb in 2016. They can’t figure out that if they alienate their conservative base, they just lose.

At the same time, the Hispanic vote is becoming so large, I don’t think the Republican party can hold much national power very much longer anyway. A couple of decades or so should see the US go to being a one-party Democrat nation with a Democratic Party president, and control of both the House and the Senate. California is just a bellwether of what is to come.

I am ALWAYS early on my predictions, so maybe it takes to 2050, but it will come. The Republican party is dying right along with the USA.


38 posted on 11/15/2012 5:51:44 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Pray to God. Apologize to your children.)
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To: Mozilla

The USA as we know it will not survive the next 4 years. The die is cast. We are now a socialist nation, the economy will have to collapse, demographics will doom the Republicans, including conservatives. All there is left to do is fight the rear guard delaying action. They die is cast. The fix is in. It is over.


39 posted on 11/15/2012 6:35:59 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Pray to God. Apologize to your children.)
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To: All

All of the above


40 posted on 11/15/2012 8:54:00 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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