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Thu., May 2, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

Culture Of No Overrides Optimism

Marc Johnson of The Johnson Report has written an insightful column re: the optimism permeating the United States this year -- and the negativity that holds politics from Idaho to Washington, D.C., in its captivity. Fully 69 percent of Americans are optimistic their families and themselves this year. Yet, Johnson writes:

So with all this optimism and can-do spirit, with all this professed desire to get to YES, why does it so often seem that our politics have been hijacked by the naysayers? Let’s call them the NO Caucus and admit that they have elbowed out the optimists. Where are the Reagans and Humphreys? What has happened the politician that starts with YES and finds a way to move forward? I think our political culture of NO is really about avoiding risk. More here.

Question: Can you think of any place more caught up in the Culture of No than the Coeur d'Alene area and Kootenai County?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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