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Commentary: U.S. reality show: Gloom and doom

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NEW YORK -- Pending catastrophe is not an easy notion to entertain, much less sustain. Americans moreover have a low tolerance for doom and gloom. We are the nation of optimism, after all. We elect leaders who promise hope and change. We are the shining city on a hill.

But what happens when the lights go out?

Can't happen. Won't. We're America. The most powerful nation on Earth. The land of plenty and opportunity. The place all others want to live.

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