With the housing market, jobs, retail sales and construction on the rise; mortgage rates holding steady; and the annual deficit decreasing, I see reason for optimism.
On the other side of the coin, I see the conservative fringe of the Republican Party threatening some very bad behavior in the fall session of congress. If we can believe their summer recess threats, we face a possible government shutdown and lower taxes for the rich, with all the benefits that trickle down to the working class.
Their proposed social agenda is equally as destructive: Further attacks on women’s reproductive rights, suppression of voter participation, reversal of recent progress towards marriage equality, promotion of creationism over evolution, reduced health care for the poor, cuts in Social Security and repeal of the Affordable Care Act – in short, an effort to undermine a century of progress.
So, enjoy your summer while it lasts.