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  • U.S. Investor Optimism Rises Again, Hits 17-Year High

    09/13/2017 12:49:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | 09/13/2017 | Jim Norman
    Index rises to +138, highest since +147 in September 2000Hike is latest in 98-point rise since February 201668% optimistic about stock market -- tied for highest percentage on record WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new surge of optimism among U.S. investors has pushed the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index to its highest level since September 2000. The index, after rising in every quarter since the start of 2016, leveled off in the second quarter at +124 before rising to its current +138 in the third quarter. The latest boost in optimism pushes the index almost 100 points higher...
  • Poll: Since Trump Took Office People Who Believe Economy Is Getting Better Highest in 15 Years

    04/24/2017 11:00:15 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/24/2017 | Penny Starr
    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that since President Donald Trump took office on January 20 the number of people who believe the economy is improving is at the highest level in 15 years, The Post reported on Sunday.
  • Hope Returns After 8 Years of 'Hope-n-Change' Ends

    03/15/2017 4:15:44 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/15/2017 | Staff
    Economy: We've been cataloging the sharp upturn in optimism since Donald Trump won the November election, and the Business Roundtable has just added a new one to the pile. Not that you'd know about from the endless media dirge. The Business Roundtable survey of 141 CEOs — of some of the largest companies in the country — not only found these chief executives more optimistic, but made clear why: Trump's victory in November and the promise of relief from the anti-business agenda of the Obama years. "I think it's fair to say that CEOs see the business environment as improving...
  • Americans brimming with optimism on the economy

    02/20/2017 11:20:06 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/19/2017 | Jonathan Easley
    A strong majority of Americans say the U.S. economy is running strong, and most believe the upward trend will continue under President Trump, according to a Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively to The Hill. The survey found that 61 percent view the economy as strong, against 39 percent who say it is weak. .. "It's really a surprising turnaround given how negative voters have been about the economy since 2009," said Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard-Harris poll. {..snip..}
  • Singin' in the Rain

    12/29/2016 2:56:59 PM PST · by huckfillary · 31 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | December 29, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    The passing of the legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds, coming one day after she lost her lovely daughter, Carrie Fisher, prompted me to watch the Youtube clip of Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain." The scene is one of the all-time Hollywood classics, maybe the best song-and-dance take in cinema history. But the scene calls to mind a far more primary and significant idea to me than the genius of Gene Kelly and his emotional outpouring at finding his true love in the character played by Debbie Reynolds. The scene absolutely epitomizes the optimism and forward-looking nature of the historic American...
  • GALLUP: Small business owners’ optimism skyrockets - at highest level in 8 years

    12/13/2016 12:13:05 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/13/16 | Robert Laurie
    It's time to take the gloves of the U.S. economy. I’m not sure what happened around this time 8 years ago but, whatever it was, it sent small business owners into a tailspin. Confidence plummeted, optimism evaporated, and the outlook became bleak. It stayed that way throughout the soon-to-be previous administration’s tenure. What a difference an election makes.
  • Small Business Owners' Optimism Skyrockets Following Trump Victory

    12/13/2016 6:46:29 AM PST · by numberonepal · 19 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | December 13, 2016, 8:02 AM EST | Luke Kawa
    President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. elections is a giant leap for small businesses, according to a survey of their owners. The November reading of the National Federation of Independent Businesses' small business optimism index jumped to 98.4 from 94.9 — its sharpest surge since 2009 — with all of the increase in sentiment coming after the U.S. elections held on Nov. 8. “This month we bifurcated the data to measure the results before and after the election,” explained Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “The November index was basically unchanged from October's reading up to the point of the election...
  • Consumers, businesses, and CEOs are all loving life since Trump's election

    12/08/2016 9:39:52 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    Business Insider via AOL ^ | Dec 8th 2016 | Bob Bryan
    Americans from all corners of the economy seem to be enjoying the conditions a lot more since the election of Donald Trump. Nearly every measure of consumer, business, or executive confidence has gained in the month since the election according to Michelle Meyer, chief US economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "The data clearly show that consumers, investors, and business CEOs have all become more optimistic since the election," wrote Meyer in a note to clients on Thursday. Everything from regional manufacturing indexes to consumer confidence surveys to investor sentiment have ticked up since November 8. The only survey...
  • IBD/TIPP: Economic Hopes Slip, Democrats Feel Blue

    09/07/2016 3:00:41 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 6, 2016 | JED GRAHAM
    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index slipped this month, led by a sharp slide in confidence about the economic outlook over the next six months. Pessimism deepened among Democrats, in particular, with their view of near-term economic prospects sinking to a five-year low. The overall IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism index fell 1.7 points to 46.7, remaining in pessimistic territory below the 50 level since April 2015. The index has been in a narrow range of from 45.5 to 48.7 this year. The index is a composite of three major subindexes that track views of near-term economic prospects, the outlook for personal finances...
  • Economic Optimism Chills As Summer Begins: IBD/TIPP

    07/06/2016 4:17:04 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7/05/2016 | ED CARSON
    Pessimism about the U.S. economy has fallen to its lowest level since last November, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a bad sign for consumer spending as Apple (AAPL), Gap (GPS) and other consumer companies report sluggish demand. The sentiment gauge fell 2.7 points, or 5.6%, to 45.5, matching November's reading. The index has been below the neutral 50 level since April 2015. The poll's Six-Month Economic Outlook, a measure of how consumers feel about the economy's prospects in the next six months, dropped 6.9 points to 36.7, falling 15.8%. That's the lowest since a matching reading last...
  • Optimism for 2015: America is better than it has shown

    01/03/2015 6:34:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2015 | Larry Kudlow
    Politics and the economy are both looking up. President Obama’s big-government spending, planning, and executive-branch overreach were crushed at the polls. Elections matter. The GOP has been rejuvenated. Republican governors will lead the way. And the Republican majorities in the House and Senate haven’t been this big since the 1920s. They know what to do — develop a positive agenda: Pro-growth tax reform and spending limits. Pro-energy. Pro-King Dollar and Fed monetary reform. Pro-health-care choice. Pro-immigration reform. Pro-marriage. Pro-family. An American renaissance is in the making. Let the GOP put its best policy foot forward. If Obama vetoes the growth...
  • Lincoln waitress receives the tip of a lifetime

    01/06/2014 4:28:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 51 replies
    http://journalstar.com/ ^ | 1/5/14 | PETER SALTER
    The Cracker Barrel customer had a checkbook, and what he wrote in it after lunch Thursday would make his happy server even happier, but first he and his friend had a few questions. They asked the hostess: Can you give us your grumpiest server? We want to make them laugh. Sorry, the hostess said. Nobody grumpy here. I’ll seat you with our happiest. At Table 222, they asked Abigail Sailors for the special — turkey and dressing — and for eggs and sausage. Then they asked the 18-year-old why she was so happy. And over the course of their meals,...
  • Hey GOP: Put On A Happy Face

    10/29/2013 7:06:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    "Bye Bye Birdie" is an old musical that survives in high school productions and in some people's memory bank. It debuted on Broadway in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963. One of the songs from the show might serve as an inspiration, if not a theme, for Republicans in the winter of their discontent over President Obama and congressional Democrats: "Put on a Happy Face." A problem Republicans have had since the "glory days" of Ronald Reagan is that too many have forgotten how to be positive and affirming. Nobody likes to be around a sourpuss....
  • The Case for Optimism

    10/10/2013 3:15:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The current budget impasse might have made you a bit blue. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when the potential of a debt default is the news, it's easy to forget the ups. In "Learned Optimism, How to Change Your Mind and Your Life," Martin Seligman provides a map to a more optimistic outlook. As a graduate student in experimental psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Seligman studied dogs and noticed that some would do nothing when they were shocked. Seligman determined that the dogs had felt the "shocks go on and off regardless of whether they struggled...
  • No Optimism on Iran

    08/02/2013 7:14:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    In a couple of days, Iran will inaugurate a new president, Hassan Rouhani, which has caused some to speculate that the country is entering a new era. Rouhani has become a favorite "moderate" with much of the Western media, with The New York Times gushing in a recent headline: "President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West." But such optimism defies history. Rouhani is not a new figure on the Iranian scene. He has served at the highest levels of the Islamic regime for decades. For 16 years, he served as secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, the chief body...
  • When Hope Tramples Truth

    03/25/2013 10:49:17 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | Roger Scruton
    Excerpts: Apollo granted to his Trojan priestess Cassandra the gift of prophecy. But because she resisted his advances he punished her by ensuring that nobody would ever believe what she said. Such has been the fate of pessimists down the ages. Those who interrupt the good cheer of their fellows with the thought that the things about which they are all agreed might go badly wrong are either dismissed as madmen or condemned as fools. ... We have witnessed something similar in the so-called Arab Spring. “Unscrupulous optimism,” as Schopenhauer called it, led both the United States and the nations...
  • Gallup: American Optimism Hits Lowest Point Since Carter Administration

    01/22/2013 3:45:35 PM PST · by library user · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | 1-22-13 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Fewer than four-in-10 Americans (39 percent) rate the US in a positive manner – the most negative feedback the country has produced since 1979. A new Gallup poll finds that Americans are as negative about the country’s prospects as they have been in more than three decades. Americans are more upbeat in their predictions of where the U.S. will be in five years (48 percent positive), but this is the lowest rating since an August 1979 Gallup poll was conducted. The negativity about the current state of the US has a politically partisan split – Republicans...
  • This I Believe: A Farewell to Optimism

    01/03/2013 8:06:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Maggie Gallager
    A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!" More than 17 years ago, I set out to explain how a Yale-educated young woman from a secular Oregon family could become a social conservative: Every life is precious. It is better to care for your children than to kill them. Divorce hurts children; it also breaks apart life's most precious commitment -- a family. Men and women are different. A society that pretends otherwise...
  • How To Restore the West

    01/02/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by Little Ray · 21 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | Monday, December 31, 2012 | Ron Holland
    By any political, cultural or economic measure the nations of the West are in total decline. The historic virtues of hard work, free-market thinking and a common cultural integrity as well as religious and historical principles are gone. They have been subverted and replaced by an emphasis on rampant materialism and a consumer driven society that exceeds 70 percent of GNP in addition to private and public debt. Furthermore, a kind of parasitism has laid claim to Western culture by which sports stars, politicians, media darlings and financial scam artists get recognition and exorbitant incomes while real workers find their...
  • Poll: Number of Republicans hopeful about the future hits 21st-century low

    12/27/2012 3:44:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Saw this the other day and can't stop thinking about it. It makes all the sense in the world that conservatives would be despondent after Obama's re-election. But more despondent than liberals were after the Bushitler's re-election?A lot more, as it turns out:Why are the numbers so much worse for Republicans now than they were for Democrats in 2004? It can’t be because the GOP thinks Obama’s done irreversible damage to the U.S.; Bush-hating liberals thought the same about Dubya. Besides, we’ve got a deep bench for 2016. Is it a demographic thing, with Republicans fearing that they’ll never (or...