Editorial: Economic fears rising

Across the country, it seems pretty clear that Americans are disenchanted with the American economy. Given national attitudes and circumstances, it's perhaps little surprise that the results of the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll found that nine in 10 Iowans think the U.S. financial system is at-risk of falling into another economic crisis. Note that this poll was taken before the federal-government shutdown.

Elliot: Shuttered like a window

Another 170 GOP representatives are scared to death of the hard-liners because of potential primary opponents from the wacko wing. Thus, you have a government shutdown engineered by those who would be the engineers of human souls - the House GOP. (Note: "The Engineers of human souls" is the title of a famous novel by Czech writer Josef Skvorecky. He attributed the phrase to Joseph Stalin. Take from that what you will.)

Outlook bleak for students

Though we no longer measure success by which man was able to kill the largest buffalo or which woman successfully harvested the most vegetables for her clan, the basis of success is still grounded in these ideals. Graduating from college, marrying that special someone, producing 2.5 healthy children, all culminating with a comfortable retirement in Sun City or the Villages, hinges on a very simple concept: providing for one's family, which can only be accomplished by possessing one thing - gainful employment.

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