Thanks Obama: Americans' optimism is dying

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    Aug 13, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    Of course, it's STILL Bush's fault. icon_rolleyes.gif

    It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do.

    And now it is gone.

    It has been slipping for some time, really, but a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll this month put an exclamation point on Americans’ lost optimism.

    When asked if “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us,” fully 76 percent said they do not have such confidence. Only 21 percent did.

    That was the worst ever recorded in the poll; in 2001, 49 percent were confident and 43 percent not.
  • jaroslav123

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    Aug 14, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    Whilst I think Obama has substantially crushed The American Dream further, the whole idea behind The American Dream was bullshit anyway (remember, there are some goals which whilst worth striving for, are ultimately unobtainable and utopian). It's a silly idea which raises false hope and causes optimism to always turn into pessimism.

    Of course some of it's Bushes fault as well, he was the previous president. This of course does not mean that Obama doesn't have any effect on the downfall of society, he does.

    This is true of all leaders. Thatcher still resonates in the UK today. Our mining industry is gone. Silly mistake that mindless fool of a PM made. And of course, I can still feel the ripples of Brown and Blair.

    Some people argue that optimism has gone ever since WWI & WWII (hence the rise of postmodern cynicism). Funny how one man shot dead (Franz Ferdinand) could arguably cause a wave of misery across nations. There are many conservatives (most notably Peter Hitchens) who argue that due to WWI and WWII, the 60s sexual/counter-cultural revolution happened (something which profoundly angers them, as they are against the ideology which that movement created, and still resonates today).

    This also is a worldwide thing. People forget that the economic crash didn't just affect the UK (or "just affect the US"). I can assure you, the current political climate in the UK is also bleak as all hell.

    Essentially my point is: it's not just America which is miserable, it's also other nations. People will always remember leaders for their mistakes, so politics always seems to have a climate of depression engulfing it. It's more complex than just a poll or a survey. After all, can you even measure happiness or optimism?