Greg Easterbrook writes that somehow optimism has become uncool in the country known for its boundless optimism:
An April Gallup poll found that only 26 percent of Americans call themselves “satisfied” with “the way things are going” in the United States. It’s been this way for a while: January 2004, during the George W. Bush administration, was the last time a majority told Gallup they felt good about the nation’s course.For a decade now!
"Objectively, the glass looks significantly more than half full," says Easterbrook with a whole bunch of evidence. He then quotes that rich dude from Omaha:
Recently Warren Buffett said that because of the “negative drumbeat” of politics, “many Americans now believe their children will not live as well as they themselves do. That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.”Exactly! I complain about many public policy issues, yes, but--as I often comment to students--this is the best time ever and the "good old days" were actually bad old days. But, somehow, the Bernies don't get it (I have complained enough about the Trumpsters already!) and they are actually mesmerized by a candidate who proudly favors socialism! Glenn Reynolds has a great line in his op-ed warning the Bernies not to be a sucker for socialism:
Under capitalism, rich people become powerful. But under socialism, powerful people become rich.Reynolds adds later on:
But at least in America, becoming powerful isn’t the only way to become rich. Under socialism, you’re either powerful, or you’re poor.He goes on to list some of those socialist experiments, including Venezuela. In this blog, I have cried enough for Venezuela, and the horror stories keep growing in that rapidly failing state. The story of the 14-year old described in this essay on how Venezuela is falling apart will make any decent human angry like hell. That 14-year old, who died because of a shortage of his anti-epilepsy prescription drug, is but one story from Venezuela.
Maybe the angry Bernies should spend a week in Venezuela, and the pissed off Trumpsters should experience daily life in Russia. That will be quite a reality check on their views of the world.