Off the Cuff: September 2010

America is becoming more pessimistic.

Peggy Noonan also wrote this in the Journal:
“The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. … The country I was born into was a country that had existed steadily, for almost two centuries, as a nation in which everyone thought — wherever they were from, whatever their circumstances — that their children would have better lives than they did.”
Our view of the future is now fundamentally pessimistic. That’s not the America I grew up in.