Friday, September 25, 2015
Mr. Trump is Wrong - America is Great Now
Donald Trump says "The American Dream is dead." His campaign slogan is "Make America Great Again." The Republican front-runner is only one of a chorus of GOP leaders who talk of the current situation in America as terrible and getting even worse.
This is wrong on just about every objective measure. And even the things that are bad are much better than they were seven years ago. The trend for climbing out of the ditch we were in then is very good. And the improvements that we have made - most notably in health insurance - are positive goods.
David Brooks notes that the current pessimism of Republican leaders is at odds with the normal optimism about the future that the American conservative tradition has held. He wrote "the pessimism grows from a sour, overgeneralized and intellectually sloppy sense of alienation."