If you take a longer timeframe, such as five to ten years, I am very optimistic that these problems will be behind us. A key reason for this is that innovation in every field—from software and materials science to genetics and energy generation—is moving forward at a pace that can bring real progress in solving big problems. These innovations will help improve the world and reinvigorate the world economy.It's not like you're going to learn anything from listening to Robert Gibbs.
26 January 2009
In the interest of seeing the bigger picture, here's a read from someone with lots of chips in the game: