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No, I mean really glum. In April, a new poll revealed that 81 percent of the American people believe that the country is on the "wrong track. Other polls, asking similar questions, found levels of gloom that were even more alarming, often at and year highs.
There are reasons to be pessimistic—a financial panic and looming recession, a seemingly endless war in Iraq, and the ongoing threat of terrorism. But the facts on the ground—unemployment numbers, foreclosure rates, deaths from terror attacks—are simply not dire enough to explain the present atmosphere of malaise.
American anxiety springs from something much deeper, a sense that large and disruptive forces are coursing through the world.
In almost every industry, in every aspect of life, it feels like the patterns of the past are being scrambled. And—for the first time in living memory—the United States does not seem to be leading the charge.
Americans see that a new world is coming into being, but fear it is one being shaped in distant lands and by foreign people. The world's tallest building is in Taipei, and will soon be in Dubai. Its largest publicly traded company is in Beijing.
Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India. Its largest passenger airplane is built in Europe. The largest investment fund on the planet is in Abu Dhabi; the biggest movie industry is Bollywood, not Hollywood. Once quintessentially American icons have been usurped by the natives.
The largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. The largest casino is in Macao, which overtook Las Vegas in gambling revenues last year. America no longer dominates even its favorite sport, shopping. The Mall of America in Minnesota once boasted that it was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today it wouldn't make the top ten.
In the most recent rankings, only two of the world's ten richest people are American. These lists are arbitrary and a bit silly, but consider that only ten years ago, the United States would have serenely topped almost every one of these categories.The price of crude didn't rise from $12 in early to nearly $60 because the world suddenly ran out of oil.
Oil Prices: Cause and Effect Recall how regional industrial contraction. - The Oil Industry: "Why Companies Are Not Getting a Fair Shake" Within the last two years, the oil industry has increased the price of oil causing gas prices to rise to $ a gallon today. It was only a few years ago that the price of gas was $ a gallon.
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in , affecting 19% of the U.S. oil supply, it caused the price per barrel of oil to rise by $3. This essay will review how the rising fuel prices affect the different macroeconomic variables such as inflation, rising production cost, unequal economic conditions between oil .