Word on the street these days is that the U.S. is in dire straits — start up a conversation about the price of gas, the price of food, home foreclosures, or the environment, and it's like we're all living in Eeyore's corner of the 100 Acre Wood ("Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad"). As bad as folks say the big issues are, though, "when asked about their own jobs, schools, doctors and communities, people tell pollsters the situation is good." How about that? According to Gregg Easterbrook, that's because (war in Iraq aside), the situation is good. Really. So think about the good in your life and tell us how you're actually better off now, then head to a nearby creek for a game of Poohsticks... Because after all, Eeyore almost always wins.