Under President Obama's guidance, the economy is definitely improving. The stock market is breaking records; the Dow has more than doubled since we hit bottom on the Bush recession, and the S&P is also breaking records. The housing market has largely recovered, and we're back on track, albeit this time as a saner pace.
We could be doing a lot better, if not for Republican obstruction. There are still too many people out of work, even as the Republican House continues to sit on a massive jobs bill that is coming up on its second anniversary.
But while the problems we have right now are largely the fault of the current Republican Party, a lot of it comes from our warped sense of the concept of "investment," in which we demand that our investments bring huge, quick financial returns, without concern for a solid, sustainable future. It shouldn't even be controversial to make the switch from fossil fuels to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources; it's common sense. It may not make us a boatload of money now, but over the course of our lives, the payoff for such a conversion will be enormous. And that's the problem. We only look at financial profit as "success," and we seem unable to look beyond the next quarter or the next year.