Reclaiming the American Dream

This is our time,…to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. ~ Barack Obama

These past 8 years have been trying, to say the least for this live-and-let-live liberal Democrat. Acerbating my sensibilities is the belief that despising the sitting president is counterproductive to contributing and living in a healthy society.

My first thought on hearing Obama’s victory speech was “Okay, a fresh start.” My second thought was “Great! A president who can string two sentences together and deliver them without leaning on the podium.” A sad observation, to be sure.

Like most everyone I know, the economic meltdown had a drastic effect on my portfolio. I realize I haven’t written about my portfolio since May and looking over the 6 month result since then has been an eye opening experience. That led to a serious eye closing experience and the downing of a bottle of aspirin.

I did manage to get rid of Usana, Ameristar Casinos, National Fuel Gas, Oneok, JP Morgan Chase, Tupperware, Petsmart and Quality Systems. Fortunately for me, I sold high. Then willing to test the other half of the investment theory, I bought low. I reupped my positions in Omniture, Marvel, Apple, Netflix and Whole Foods.

Now all I have to do is hope I have the time to see the restoration of prosperity!


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