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August 24, 2009

This past weekend I was out helping my best friend renew her car lease.  This errand took me to a local car dealership.  I expected the dealership to be a graveyard but in fact, the place was a whirlwind of activity. 

I asked the salesman about the level of activity and he told me with a giant smile on his face, "the Cash for Clunkers program was incredible for business...I’ve been working 12 hour days for the last 40 days straight... the credit has opened up and sales are booming"...

This got me thinking about important two things. 

First...it really does appear that the nation is heading out of this recession.  The government has continued to pump capital into the economy.  This infusion will eventually create economic momentum that we should all feel soon. 

Corporate profits and productivity are shoring up (however, mainly due to their downsizing in the first place) and with that, the stock market is improving each week.  The inventory of unsold housing is drying up and soon there will be a need to add new housing around the country.

Public works projects are also finally starting to get off the ground and with that, thousands of jobs (the types that can’t be outsource to China or India) will be created.

Once people are back working, they will have money to spend (but hopefully they’ve learn a lesson and don’t borrow to spend more than they have). 

This country has gone through worse times and has always managed to grow stronger.

My second thought was about optimism.  It’s easy to be pessimistic about the economy and life in general.  Each and every day we are bombarded with negative news.  Our friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers like to complain and tell you how bad everything is (did you notice how those same people were complaining even when the economy was doing great a few years ago?).

Talk radio is infamous for propagating negative hype (this goes for both liberal and conservative talk radio).  They will tell you all day long about what’s wrong with America.  The way I figure it, positive news just doesn’t sell or create ratings...

Maybe it’s just human nature to look at the down-side... maybe our expectations are too big and when they go unfulfilled we’re just angry at the world...

I believe that George Carlin said it best..."some people think the glass is half-empty...others think the glass is half-full...I think that perhaps the glass was too damn big to start with..."

The last thought of the day is that many people say that "misery loves company"...I say that isn’t true...misery only loves other miserable company...and if you’re happy... misery wants nothing to do with you...

When given the choice...I always choose optimism over pessimism...it just makes me sleep better at night knowing that things will be better in the morning...

Thank you once again for your continued support of OptiFuse where our goal is to put a smile on your face and hope in your heart.


Jim Kalb


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