Have you ever watched any of the old Shirley Temple movies?
I used to love them as a child, I watched Heidi over and over.
Then as a teen, I thought they were silly.
Then as an adult, I liked them except found them a bit cloyingly sweet and cheerful, especially considering the time they were made in (Great Depression). With stories such as Bright Eyes where her dad dies but all is ok after a few songs and dances, it makes Pollyanna seem like a grump.
However I think things have gone a bit too far the other way.
If we have a depression or the market worsens, I lay most of the blame on the media. A portion does belong to congress if they don't change the CPSIA law, check out the "Save Handmade" link to the right for more information.
Everytime I turn on the news, it is yammering about how the economy is going to get worse. Even sitcoms are talking about the economy.
While complete oblivion is bad, this hyperfocus is only making things worse.
While I am on the subject, please consider writing to your congressmen about the CPSIA law. While protecting our children from lead is vitally important, this law goes too far. Small cottage businesses will be forced to close, which even I know is bad for the economy. We won't be able to purchase anything for our children that is not mass-produced.