You ever notice how pessimists seem to garner all the attention? They always come across so darn smart! And they can chew up and spit back in your face virtually any optimistic counter you would dare offer up against one of their doomy diatribes. And, you know, come to think of it, when I sound a pessimistic note (you know, when I write about politics) I do tend to receive a higher volume of responsive emails.
Isn't it fascinating how, in the face of all that is in our faces, we give such credence to those crapehangers? Here's Bryan Caplan on the subject (HT Don Boudreaux):