With the midterm elections just barely in the past, this has been somewhat of a tumultuous few months for many Americans.
Many retailers remain hopeful that the economy is starting to recover, as consumer spending has begun to slightly increase recently. Although, a more reliable indicator will be the upcoming holiday season, even if retail sales are strong, there is no mistaking that the American economy still has a long recovery process ahead. Unemployment still remains high, and when jobs are at risk, spending drops because of the need to consider financial self-preservation measures.
Although the war outlook seems to be brightening thanks to troop withdrawals, there are new and existing threats on the global front that cause doubts to linger in the hearts of soldiers and in America overall.
Government approval rates are constantly fluctuating, and especially so with the recent elections. Many Republicans won back positions of power that had been previously lost, leading to an overall shake up within Congress. Such shifts in power are cyclical though, and will not likely result in any major issues until the next presidential election in 2012. President Obama and his administration have done much to inspire the American youth to get involved in the broad grassroots movement of inspiring change within the American people. However, it remains to see if the momentum of the movement can linger through until it is time to elect new leadership.
Although Obama has taken steps to encourage the recovery process, it is a long and hard road, and he is meeting the resistance of many who expected him to work miracles the moment he stepped into office. The United States is a nation that has seen itself through many challenging times, and with time and effort, will be able to emerge from these current difficulties, too.