Recession's Mostly In Your Head, Says Columnist
"So why the current edginess?" asks Shlaes. "One reason may be our own success." In the 90s, "up seemed the only way to go," so now that things are leveling off people don't realize how good they still have it. And the NBER's recession report isn't helping: "We're reacting more strongly because we didn't overreact to bad news before." It's like you opened your apartment door and found the place ransacked -- you weren't worried about it before then, were you?
As Shlaes showed in her book about how that bastard FDR made the Great Depression worse with his meddling, these things tend to work themselves out. So ignore the nervous nellies and enjoy that ice-cube tray you're getting for Christmas -- tomorrow the birds will sing.