It must be nice to live in La La Land (“Cheer up, America,” Paula Dockery, Aug. 17). In her op-ed she cites all the wonderful things we should be cheered up by. I am, by most accounts, a very positive person, but I am also a realist. When our country is steeped in at least a dozen serious scandals, our president lies to us at every opportunity and injustices abound, I find it difficult to swallow Dockery’s rhetoric.
The so-called recovery has been agonizingly slow. Almost everyone knows someone who has lost their job. If a new job is attained, thanks to Obamacare, in many cases the job is part-time and at a lower salary. Medium household income has fallen five years in a row, according to a report released by the Census Bureau on Sept. 17, 2013. Meanwhile, the cost of everything just keeps going up. The Federal Reserve insists inflation is low, but anyone who goes grocery shopping or fills up their auto knows that is a lie. Oddly, food and fuel are not part of the items looked at in measuring inflation. Three-quarters of the country is living paycheck to paycheck. We are over $17 trillion in debt. Yes, Paula, it is all sunshine and light. The idea that the president, with the help of his attorney general, Eric Holder, can pick and choose which laws they will enforce gives us all a feeling of helplessness. We are steeped in a corrupt government. We are tired of having our Constitution being kicked aside.
Nothing can make us feel much worse than being helpless to right the injustices being perpetrated on all of us. Powerlessness fuels fear, and fear foments anger. Yes, we are cranky!