Well, somebody thinks the economy is about to improve, big-time!
On the other hand, somebody else thinks (with questionable credibility) that whatever gains we make will be lost to soaring healthcare premiums as insurance companies gouge customers in the wake of national health-care reform.
Enough people think happy days are here again to push the Dow over 10,000.
But certain skeptics think the Dow is manifesting a bubble, and that we can expect swings back and forth around that honored threshold for some years to come.
The Fed allegedly believes the recession is over, though observers see “signals” from Bernanke that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future. That notwithstanding, others are convinced rates will have to rise in 2010 as inflationary pressures come into play.
Government scientists think my part of the country will be hotter than normal next summer (and for most of 2010, come to think of it).
Others who style themselves as experts assure us that any such phenomena have nothing to do with the free enterprise-threatening hooey that is global warming.
If we imagine any of these things might come true, can we make it happen by thinking about it hard enough? Anything’s possible…
Image: Sophie Anderson Tucker, Take the Fair Face of Woman. Public Domain. Wikipedia Commons.