By Dave Anderson:
Okay, I admit it: I'm so depressed by the unrelentingly bad state of the world right now -- particularly but not exclusively in the realm of economics and finance -- that it's an ongoing struggle for me to make myself read through the news in the morning. And providing commentary about each day's Awful News often just seems simultaneously obvious and pointless. The fact that much of the news concerns Self-Inflicted Awfulness makes it even more depressing than it otherwise would be.
I have trouble writing when most of my writing boils down to "STOP PUNCHING YOURSELF IN THE BALLS"