A couple of stories here, one is from the Boston Globe by Megan Woolhouse and the other is from the New Republic. The headline of the Boston Globe piece: “Poll Finds Deepening Economic Pessimism.” The headline from the New Republic piece is: “Slice the Demographics Any Way You Want, But Obama Is In Trouble.” Let’s go to the Boston Globe piece first here. “Despite improvements in the economy,” is how it begins, which is the first problem right there. The Drive-Bys keep telling us that there is an “improvement” in the economy. But like the Russians, we ain’t buying it — and it’s in every poll! The Russians aren’t buying Putin, and we aren’t buying this business. It’s in every poll: We’re not buying this business the economy is rebounding.

But anyway, “Despite improvements in the economy, Massachusetts residents hold deeply pessimistic views about the future, including a stark lack of confidence in real estate and stock markets … The survey found more than a continued bleak outlook; it found a disheartened population…”This is Massachusetts, folks! This is Obama country. This is Kennedy country. “Da-da-da-da-da,” as he said once. “The survey found more than a continued bleak outlook; it found a disheartened population that says it is saving less, giving less to charity, and planning to work longer, generally for one reason: lack of money,” and that’s it. Cut to the chase: Lack of money. “The real estate and stock markets offer little hope,” these people in the poll said.

“Nearly two out of three surveyed say they are unsure about stocks or currently consider them a bad investment. More than half think housing prices will remain stagnant or continue to drop in the year ahead. ‘Things have been really bad but it’s reached another level now — people have lost hope,’ said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center, which conducted the poll. ‘The American dream of owning a home and owning stocks are the pillars that have held up hope throughout our history. This is signaling to us that those pillars are shaking.'” (Repeating) “Things have been really bad but it’s reached another level now — people have lost hope.” But see, I thought all of these wonderful liberals in Massachusetts found hope and change with Obama.

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