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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • I CHOOSE, Therefore I Am...

    12/14/2012 1:19:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    OptimismRevolution   h/t Vince
  • This Is America and We Can Take It

    11/09/2012 8:26:27 AM PST · by Jeanette Pryor · 18 replies
    Jeanette M. Pryor Writer ^ | November 9,2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    I am an American. If I end up in a gulag, I will make vodka from potato peels and sell it for a profit. If there are no potato peels, I will use grass. If there is no grass, I will invent the first method of extracting vodka from thin air. I will sell the technology and the vodka. And the air. I am an American. This is America And we can take it.
  • Hit The Road Jack! (Music For Tomorrow (Election) Night - November 6, 2012)

    11/05/2012 3:53:12 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 32 replies
    youtube ^ | Ray Charles
    L e t    F r e e d o m    S i n g Here are a few songs you might want to kick back and enjoy tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 6, 2012), as the election results decisively flow in and verify the Romney/Ryan victory, marking the end of America's recent long nightmare with B.O. and his anti-American team of nefarious, nattering nabobs of negatvism, and their co-conspirators, the other evil, diabolical dealers of the culture of death, as well as the dim-bulbed dingleberts and pernicious prevaricators who make up the sleazy, treasonous, so-called "mainstream-media" who always...
  • The REALITY Is: Today's Conservative Optimism is a Delusion!

    07/01/2012 5:31:29 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 26 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/1/12
    Today's conservative, optimistic ideal cannot support the excessive weight of the current crises and realities at hand. This fact must be recognized and accepted by the conservative right in this country. The current crises are reaching gigantic proportions - both nationally and globally. The good intentions and well wishes of this flawed ideology (Conservative optimism) has had its place in the past, but now in light of the global climate affected by ever-increasing human depravity, it is but a “spider’s web” of hope and a delusional lie and refuge in which many are holding on to (Job 8:14). For harnessing...
  • Really? Optimism Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

    04/24/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Laughter may not exactly be the best medicine. But a cheerful outlook on life may be good for your heart. So concludes new research on the impact of happiness and optimism on cardiovascular health. Scientists have known about the reverse relationship between psychological health and heart health for some time; studies show that depression and anxiety can worsen outcomes for heart patients. But the findings on happiness and its medical impact over the years have not been as consistent. In a new analysis, researchers at Harvard sought a more definitive conclusion by reviewing the results of more than 200 studies...
  • NABE: Economists Are Getting More Optimistic About The US Economy

    02/27/2012 11:15:15 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 2+ views
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2012 | AP
    NABE: Economists Are Getting More Optimistic About The US Economy AP Febuary 27, 2012NEW YORK (AP) — Economists are increasingly confident that some pillars of the U.S. economy will improve this year, but they still remain cautious in their expectations on the overall pace of economic growth. The National Association for Business Economics said Monday that forecasters have raised their expectations for employment, new home construction and business spending this year. But they held on to their average prediction that America's gross domestic product, or GDP, will grow at a rate of 2.4 percent. That's a slight improvement from 2011,...
  • Cheer-Up America! The Case for American Optimism

    10/21/2011 4:06:50 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2011 | Brad Lips
    Look for moments of maximum pessimism. To the legendary value investor Sir John Templeton, this was the secret to learning how to buy low and sell high. In recent months, I've been feeling the pessimism in a big way. You probably have too. Watching the scroll of headlines on cable news channels this summer, I thought I was in an overdone disaster film. Riots break out across the globe, screamed a Drudge headline. Markets were crashing. An earthquake cracked the Washington Monument. In my hands, Mark Steyn's new book After America -- a rollicking read that makes a strong case...
  • On eve of debate, Rick Perry ‘pretty confident’ he’ll win

    10/11/2011 2:45:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 160 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | LYNN SHERR, Parade Magazine interview - Oct 23 issue
    ...LYNN SHERR: Do you feel as if the other candidates have been ganging up on in the debates? RICK PERRY:“When you come into the fray and you’re leading in the polls, you’re going to get attacked by everyone. I get it. I’m a big boy, and I know how to play that game. “ Your critics say you’re not electable... “Well, I disregard that. Americans are looking for somebody to stand up and tell them the truth, and I have a record to back it up. Ultimately, if I can explain my heart, my jobs record, and my philosophy to...
  • Christians in Egypt set a goal: Pray that restrictions be lifted on the Gospel

    02/16/2011 9:23:10 AM PST · by topcat54 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | February 16, 2011 | Erin Roach
    Amid change, Egyptian Christians are asking for prayer. In an e-mail shared with Baptist Press, an Egyptian Christian asked specifically that believers pray for Mubarak to be succeeded by a godly president who cares for the people; for freedom, including freedom of worship; for a democratic government; for a lifting of the oppression and injustice; and for the Arab and Muslim world to experience God moving.
  • 4 Reasons to Be Optimistic About 2011

    12/03/2010 7:04:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/03/2010 | Derek Thompson
    Large corporations have the means and motive to hire. Small companies are starting to see credit thaw to help them buy new machines and new workers. Consumers are opening their wallets, and leading indicators are looking up. Heck, Goldman Sachs is getting excited about the next two years, shouldn't you? Yes, you should! But if the recovery is ready to fly, there are some important strings holding it down. We still don't know what taxes will look like in 2011. We still don't know if the Euro zone will implode in 2011. We still don't know what the US housing...
  • Why I Began to Write on Prophetic Subjects

    10/20/2010 8:47:09 AM PDT · by RJR_fan · 7 replies
    American Vision ^ | 10-19-2010 | Gary DeMar
    I’ve debated with myself over whether I should respond to Tommy Ice’s awful article about me and my book End Times Fiction that Brannon Howse published on his Worldview Weekend site. ... The head of a worldview ministry is responsible for answering his critics honestly. So far, Brannon has not done this. Tommy claims that I’m “jealous ... Tommy claims to know my motives in writing End Times Fiction. He doesn’t. I write my books because I believe there is a need for their message. Anyway, suppose jealousy is the reason I wrote the first edition of End Times Fiction....
  • The False Prophets of Optimism

    10/09/2010 4:34:45 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 26 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 10/7/10 | DJP I.F.
    Conservative leaders and their followers are absolutely fired up about a promising 2010 victory and are anxiously awaiting the elections this fall. Conservative leaders and their base are also touting that they can see the light at the end of the "Big Government" tunnel and are very optimistic and jazzed. Though we should be excited about what may transpire this fall we should not be putting all our optimistic eggs into this cankering basket. What we will be witnessing in a future 2010 victory are the last struggling convulsions of a nation on the precipice of total collapse. The absolute...
  • The End of American Optimism (Mort must be hearing it from his liberal friends)

    08/16/2010 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | August 16, 2010 | MORTIMER ZUCKERMAN
    Our brief national encounter with optimism is now well and truly over. We have had the greatest fiscal and monetary stimulus in modern times. We have had a whole series of programs to pay people to buy cars, purchase homes, pay off their mortgages, weatherize their homes, and install solar paneling on their roofs. Yet the recovery remains feeble and the aftershocks of the post-bubble credit collapse are ongoing. We are at least 2.5 million jobs short of getting back to the unemployment rate of under 8% promised by the Obama administration. Concern grows that we are looking at a...
  • Global stocks hit 2-week high on earnings optimism

    07/12/2010 4:58:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/10 | Natsuko Waki
    LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks briefly hit a two-week peak on Monday as expectations rose that U.S. corporate earnings this week would point to a sustainable economic recovery in the world's biggest economy. The euro slid as jitters grew ahead of the results of European bank stress tests due later this month and the yen slipped after Japan's ruling coalition lost its upper house majority in Sunday's election, putting the government's policies to deal with the country's massive debt at risk. Wall Street had its best week in a year last week ahead of this week's key earnings, which include...
  • Opting for Optimism

    06/13/2010 7:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 239+ views ^ | June 13, 2010 | Paul Jacob
    Pessimism is the lazy stepchild of vigilance. There. IÂ’ve said it. ThatÂ’s the one bit of wisdom for today. Why bring it up? Well, thereÂ’s another new book out that I want to read, but probably wonÂ’t, for lack of time. ItÂ’s The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. Ridley is one of those biology journalists who relate recent advances in the life sciences to how we think and feel and move about on the planet. You know, one of those Learn From the Baboons guys. IÂ’ve not read his new book. I am pretty sure IÂ’ve read bits of at...
  • Survey Reveals Growing Optimism in Afghanistan

    01/12/2010 5:03:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2010 – Optimism is on the rise in Afghanistan, with 90 percent of Afghans reporting in a new survey that they believe their country is headed in the right direction and support the Afghan national government. Survey results released yesterday reveal a dramatic increase in confidence about the state of Afghanistan compared to a year ago, and increased support for the U.S. and NATO troop presence there. The survey – commissioned by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German television -- was conducted in mid-December, and included a random sample of 1,534 Afghan adults from all 34...

    01/12/2010 4:48:39 AM PST · by freedomyes · 1 replies · 429+ views
    jgrantswankjr ^ | Jan 12 | J, Grant Swank, Jr.
    Someone once wrote: "After thirty-five usually something in your body hurts at all times, and after sixty-five it's just patch, patch, patch!"
  • Wall St. Journal : The Case for Optimism on the Economy (Job Creation Only a Few Months Away)

    12/16/2009 9:14:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 948+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/16/2009 | Alan Blinder
    The U.S. economy is digging itself out of a deep hole. You have probably heard a lot of doom and gloom lately, including talk of a jobless recovery, an L-shaped recovery (which means no recovery at all), or even a W—the feared double-dip recession. The Scrooges have a point: There are serious dangers to the nascent recovery. But you've heard all that many times. Let me offer instead, in deliberately one-sided fashion, the case for optimism. It is, after all, the holiday season. The case begins with the "slingshot effect" I wrote about on this page last summer ("The Economy...
  • It's not as bad as you think (no, really!) VIDEO

    12/07/2009 12:38:33 PM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 1 replies · 306+ views
    Fox Business Channel ^ | 12/03/09 | Brian Wesbury
    Brian Wesbury is a regular contributor to NRO Financial and was an advisor to John McCain's 2008 campaign (There is little evidence McCain listened to him!) Enjoy!
  • False Prophets of Optimism – The 2009 Election Results

    11/08/2009 11:34:28 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies · 313+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 11/3/09 | DJP I.F.
    Conservative leaders today are rejoicing over the out come of last nights 2009 election victories that have taken place. Many of the conservative leaders and their base are touting that they can see the light at the end of the tunnel and are optimistic. Last night’s victories are quite encouraging in light of the past shellacking that conservatism and the Republican Party have taken but they are the last struggling convulsions of a nation on the precipice of total collapse. The absolute reality is that the conservative, optimistic ideal cannot support the excessive weight of the current crises and realities...
  • Optimism About A Recovery Starting To Fizzle [The Worst Is Yet To Come?]

    08/17/2009 11:55:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 1,314+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 17, 2009
    Optimism about a recovery starting to fizzle Observers expect stocks’ rally to end as economic reality starts to set in Aug. 17: As stocks see their biggest drop in more than a month, a CNBC panel discusses if this sell-off could be the beginning of a more significant market correction. CNBC John W. Schoen Senior producer,msnbc What happened to all the optimism? Less than a week ago, many people were celebrating the beginning of the recovery. The Federal Reserve itself claimed the economy is “leveling out.” Now some investors and market watchers say the stock market may have overestimated the...
  • Why It's Smart To Be Optimistic (optimism can help you seize the opportunities ahead)

    08/15/2009 6:05:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 638+ views
    Business Week ^ | 8/14/2009 | Peter Coy
    The U.S. economy is in such bad shape that the loss of (just) a quarter-million jobs in July was greeted as good news. Long-term unemployment and foreclosures continue to mount in the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. Health-care costs are out of control. An aging population around the globe is driving government spending through the roof. [...] But before you assume a purely defensive posture—knees pulled to chest, hands on head—remember this: Just as people become overly exuberant in good times, they tend to get too pessimistic in bad times. While the economy remains deep in a hole, and...
  • Optimists 'less likely to suffer heart attacks or die'

    08/11/2009 1:19:23 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 19 replies · 1,071+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 10, 2009 | Kate Devlin
    <p>Being an optimist really is good for your health and can significantly cut the chances of suffering a heart attack or even dying, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests.</p>
  • Don't worry, be happy health study says.

    06/18/2009 5:10:58 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 11 replies · 574+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/18/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Say hello, get socializing and be happy. Medical researchers have established a direct link between a buoyant, outgoing personality and better health.
  • The Death Of Conservative Optimism

    06/11/2009 5:47:18 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies · 443+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 6/10/09 | DJP I.F.
    In light of the present conditions plaguing our country and what seems to be the disintegration of the Republican Party, Conservatives have been on suicide alert - all the way from the top to the bottom. As well as being ostracized from their own party, Conservatives have been labeled and slandered by the Democratic Left and its powerful Mainstream Media allies. For their ideals of moral accountability and responsibility, Conservatives are also despised by the socially dependent masses. In the midst of the current crisis – or rather, crises - and lack of conservative leadership, Rush Limbaugh has been appointed...
  • Attention, Economic Optimists: Not So Fast

    05/30/2009 10:11:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 708+ views
    Smart Money ^ | 5/30/2009 | Donald Luskin
    IN THE DEPTHS OF THE Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt inspired confidence when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Today, our economy is definitely showing signs of coming out of a near-depression. Ironically, all our recovery has to fear is the recovery itself. What I mean is that there is the risk that recovery will get in its own way -- that it could stall itself out before it really gets going. We really are looking at the beginning of economic recovery here. The banking crisis is definitely over with the Treasury and its...
  • For a happier life, shake off your misplaced optimism

    05/02/2009 5:03:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 872+ views
    FT ^ | 04/30/09 | Alain de Botton
    For a happier life, shake off your misplaced optimism By Alain de Botton Published: April 30 2009 19:11 | Last updated: April 30 2009 19:11 It has been clear for a while, at least since the first talk started about “green shoots” of recovery, that what we have to fear above all is hope. Attempts to trust that the worst is over and to stop frightening ourselves seem doomed to project us into yet worse disappointment. We are not only unhappy but – believing calm and happiness to be the norm – unhappy that we are unhappy. It is time...
  • As Nation's Mood Lifts, Can Obama Capitalize?

    04/25/2009 9:30:43 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 20 replies · 955+ views
    WAPOST ^ | 4/26/09 | Dan Balz
    The most striking finding from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll released today is the change in the public mood. Since Barack Obama was elected president in November, the pervasive gloom of 2008 has given way to a sense of hopefulness and considerably more optimism about the state of the country.
  • The case for optimism

    04/07/2009 9:46:42 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 9 replies · 425+ views
    Maclean's ^ | March 24, 2009 | Jason Kirby
    {Excerpt} In the opinion of Kasriel and other more level-headed observers, what’s really needed now, frankly, is for everyone to take a deep breath. This isn’t another Great Depression. There won’t be hobos riding the rails or huge lineups at soup kitchens. In fact, for all the problems facing the economy, some experts are making a cautious case for optimism. There’s a growing feeling that the economy could find its footing far sooner than many are expecting, a result of how dramatic the declines have been as well as the response by central bankers and governments around the world... ......
  • Obama Could Be Our Greatest President

    04/02/2009 1:37:34 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 94 replies · 3,293+ views
    Investment News ^ | 11/23/2008 | Don Garney
    I have been a financial adviser for more than 25 years. I didn't vote for President-elect Barack Obama, but I wish to go on record as saying that this man will be our greatest president. He will accomplish the improbable. Mr. Obama will unite the disenchanted with the optimists. He will be a servant to all the people and teach us the basic reasons why this is the greatest country in the world. Mr. Obama won't be described as left, right or center. He will be a president who holds his morals in honor of his love of family to...
  • The Politics of Optimism

    02/23/2009 6:36:28 AM PST · by SalAOR · 222+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 2/23/2009 | Sal
    I am unable to attend this but any such madness would not be proper without a counter-demonstration. How Hanssen gets away with this is beyond me.. but I'm not surprised. And I am sure I am posting this incorrectly. Sorry.
  • Cause For Optimism Amid Gloom

    02/23/2009 4:02:26 AM PST · by LifeComesFirst · 9 replies · 450+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 02/23/09 | Joseph Calhoun
    Productivity, which fell in the bad recession of 1981-82 and during the Great Depression, was up 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Incomes, adjusted for the recent deflation in the CPI, are rising. And while the Keynesians among us fret about the paradox of thrift, I find the rising savings rate comforting. Higher savings is exactly what we need to repair the damage done to our economy by excess consumption fueled by easy credit. And besides, retail sales were up in January.