Ben Stein writing in the New York Times opines about the economy over the past year and tells us that things are as bad as they appear. What is important to note is that we are not facing something that we haven't faced before - and at the end of the day we will move on to bigger and better things (and presumably bigger and better problems!).
Its a bit of a long piece and focuses mainly on his prognostications over the past year, he's been consistent in his view and his predictions have been reasonably accurate.
Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MSFP, AIF