Why I’m Thankful for America’s Future

Each Thanksgiving, politicians and pundits serve up platitudes about America, much as our grandmothers serve turkey and mashed potatoes: warm, familiar, and heartfelt. Like the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, those platitudes may be as long on comfort as they are short on imagination. Whether we have lived here from birth, are recent immigrants, or are longing for a chance to come here, we know that the U.S. is a nation built on freedom and opportunity. While the platitudes seem more than a bit shallow after four years of financial crisis and recession, the facts actually point to brighter days ahead.

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