I agree it's like, you want to trust because the lack of trust is exactly what's hurting the economy. However, if you do put complete faith in this economy, you risk losing everything. Paradox. :/
It's also true that inherent in a capitalist economy there are always ups and downs. There have always been ups and downs from the time America was founded, and I'm sure in other country's too. So it's hard to tell if this should be seen as worse.
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