At a New York political event last week, Republican and Democratic office-holders were all bemoaning President Obama's handling of the debt-ceiling crisis when someone said, "Hillary would have been a better president.""Every single person nodded, including the Republicans," reported one observer.At a luncheon in the members' dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, a 64-year-old African-American from the Bronx was complaining about Obama's ineffectiveness in dealing with the implacable hostility of congressional Republicans when an 80-year-old lawyer chimed in about the president's unwillingness to stand up to his opponents."I want to see blood on the floor," she said grimly. A 61-year-old white woman at the table nodded. "He never understood about the 'vast right-wing conspiracy,'" she said.Looking as if she were about to cry, an 83-year-old Obama supporter shook her head. "I'm so disappointed in him," she said. "It's true: Hillary is tougher."
The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?