Tag Archives: Depression

Jerry Bowyer: We Can Handle This

I like to use Google Trends to see what people are looking up on the internet as a way of getting a sense of what average people are thinking about. I found that searches for the phrase “economic depression” peaked in late March. Then, in the ensuing weeks, we saw peaks in “better than expected” in the category of business and industry. Then we saw in early May a strong uptick in searches for “economic recovery,” and then a surge in business-related searches using the phrase “largest improvement.”

This basically tracks with the headlines. We saw scary headlines about the destruction of the economy, but then headlines showing that the U.S. economy is more resilient than given credit for. And then recovery headlines—with stats that showed some of the best improvements in decades.

Bottom line: We’re not doomed.

We can handle this.

We are handling it.

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Michael Medved: The Alarming Truth About Life Expectancy

The New York Times recently reported on alarming statistics on life expectancy. “For the first time in modern history, gains have stalled,” according to the report. “Alcohol and drug abuse, poor diet, obesity, smoking, and a lack of exercise have taken their toll … Older people are dying prematurely, their conditions worsened by isolation and depression.”

It’s a bleak portrait, but it’s not about America: the Times report focused on the United Kingdom, long-celebrated by the left for its National Health Service and other welfare state programs. Of course, in America we have identical problems of substance abuse, isolation and deaths of despair, but the situation in Great Britain reveals how socialized medicine and big government don’t offer simple solutions.

In most Western societies, the breakdown of family, retreat of religion and collapse of community, damage both the quality and length of our lives, regardless of government policies.

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