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The shifting sands of public opinion


Not to rain on President Obama's parade, but the American people (at least the current crop) do not weather hardship well. The difference between us and our forebears from the 1930's is that they never had it all that good to start with, so the Great Depression represented, for them, a more severe degree of personal restraint, not a quantum contraction of lifestyle as our current situation demands.

Our history of living high on the credit hog, those big fat cars and houses we really couldn't afford, the flat-screen TVs, the travel, the dining out, are all too vivid in our recent memory. We got used to the taste of prosperity, even if it was just a chimera. We want it back, pronto. A few more months of denial, and we're going to forget that the crash happened on George W. Bush's watch. All we'll think about is that Obama seems to be spinning his wheels at a furious pace, but we're no closer to moving back into our mcmansions.

That'll be right around when things start heating up for the off-year Congressional elections, and the Republicans will be more than happy to point out how little progress we will have made under an all-Democrat government.

How did it all begin? Heck, who will be able to remember that far back?

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Only idiots would choose to keep this frame of mind. And this is the frame of mind that has us in the mess we are in. Give President Obama and the new administration a chance to implement their stragedy, and all try hard to do their part in making America better, stronger, wiser and more united to Lead for Peace that all can live Free.

Not facing reality and being greedy and selfish never worked before and will not work now.

Bush was never really given a chance. So why should Obama get all the breaks? Obama has proved to be nothing more than a smooth talker. The Democrats have had control of Congress for over two years and yet every single effort they have made has failed to improve the economy. If Obama can't get this turned around and soon, then Bush will be vindicated.

Bush was never given a chance?? THE MAN HAD EIGHT YEARS!!!!! Chris, you need your medication(s) reviewed - they aren't working.

I rarely agree with anything Lowe has to say. However, even a broken clock is right twice per day. The incredibly high level of expectations among the population will certainly turn to disdain when people realize the economy is getting worse and Obama cannot deliver on his promises.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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