When did politics become a celebration of hopelessness?

Times are bad and if you listen to the politicians and the pundits you will be convince they will never get better. There is little talk of brighter days ahead and more talk about gloom and doom. So one has to wonder do politicians believe our best days are behind us? Are we simply part of a sad dirge marching toward destruction? No they don’t believe that. They want to keep the electorate fearful as we move toward selecting a new leader, but fear never wins. We are a hopeful nation and next year we need to vote from that point of view.

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  • Bill  On December 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I’d love to see the data on which your optimism is based. I don’t mean the phony manipulated data such as the unemployment rate of five percent while nearly ninety five million willing workers are unemployed but not counted because they have become discouraged and have given up their search. The greatest number since 1977. Nor am I talking about the phony inflation rate which does not factor the cost of food or energy in it’s calculation. I don’t know about you but those are two critical items which are part of my budget. Or perhaps you know a grocer which has not raised their prices because the government does not consider them in the inflation rate. As for energy cost which is also omitted as a factor in the inflation rate, they have declined in cost precipitously. Ironically, though not considered as part of inflation calculations, that decline if being offered as an excuse as to why Social Security beneficiaries will receive no cost of living increase.

    Then there is the phony newly manipulated calculation for GDP. The government made a significant change in the gross investment number (I), which now includes R&D spending, art, music, film royalties, books, theatre. This change in GDP statistics has not been implemented elsewhere in the world. So the U.S. is the first to accomplish this rewriting of the GDP number.

    My point is that if you think that the politicians are just crying wolf, I’m afraid you’re going to be very disappointed as economic conditions get considerably worse. ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.!

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