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David Shribman
David Shribman


Summertime blues in the U.S.: We’re cranky, and blaming the politicians

What a grumpy country this is right now.

Ordinarily this is North America’s best month – Congress is always out of session and millions are at lakeside cabins, in mountain hideaways or at seaside retreats – but this August Americans are cranky. Really cranky.

Sure, there have been downer Augusts before, chief among them 1914 and 1939 and, now that you mention it, the Augusts of 1974 (the resignation of Richard Nixon) and 1983 (the downing of Korean Air Flight 007 near Sakhalin island) were no days at the beach.