It has long been an accepted axiom in the United States — and also in many other advanced democracies — that the future would be better than the past. People took it for granted that living standards would rise and that life would be more comfortable and stable. Well, kiss that optimism goodbye.
"We’re Kissing Our Optimism Goodbye" is from the September 18, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Robert J. Samuelson and narrated by Sam Scholl.