We have a new President, so we wish for him the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job. Yet, we may need to wish for some of Ronald Reagan’s optimism.
I say this as his inaugural address painted a very dark picture of America. I have been saying for more than the last two years, what country are you talking about?
The one I live in has an unemployment rate of less than 5%, the fourth longest economic growth period in its history and record high stock market. The one I live in has over 20 million more insured than before the ACA. The one I live in has moved forward in renewable energy as a world leader.
Of course, we have problems, but we are not as desperate as portrayed in this dark speech. I would add that retrenching into a jingoistic nationalism is counter to the economic expansion of global trade. Reducing trade makes us less prosperous and secure.
Words are important. It would have been more Presidential to lead from in front in a hopeful and visionary manner. I hope he will learn a lesson from this. We need him to.