I thought this was particularly poignent:
I have been thinking about the economy a lot lately. My spirits are sinking, thinking the U.S. has reached its peak and is now on a precipitous decline from its status as a world leader and rich nation.
I don't want to argue politics here. I will just say other countries seem to be moving ahead and we are pedaling backwards. China just launched the most high-tech submersible so they can claim minerals from the sea floor, while we are here arguing over who deserves health insurance. Really?
I wonder what kind of future my children are going to have. We aren't rich, but I fear they will be worse off and have fewer opportunities than we have had. I hate feeling like this.
This is in part exacerbated by the fact that many of our friends have been ;aid off recently, and most have been looking for months for jobs an have nothing.
I am heading to Aldi today to pick up a few things, and while I am there, I am putting together a food box for an unemployed neighbor. This is the second friend we have done this for in the past month. A sad economic indicator, if you ask me. But on the bright side, I think America needs more neighborliness. We need to bring back the idea that we should take care of each other. I don't know how we lost that.