Given the frequent bashing of President Obama by columnists and readers, it is noteworthy that our “socialist, Kenyan, Muslim President that hates America” has engineered a remarkable economic recovery. To wit: The stock market is flirting with all-time highs, the housing market has just shown the largest annual increase in seven years, unemployment is dropping monthly and consumer confidence is rising. In retrospect, it seems the financial crisis and recession was dealt with well.

Speaking of the much-maligned socialist countries, many studies and surveys have shown that Europeans (Scandinavians, Dutch, Germans) are happier, healthier, wealthier and less corrupt than the U.S. As well, there is less crime, obesity, and everyone has access to health care, education and adequate food supplies. Maybe we’re OK — and they are, too.

Rick Burns