Well if you're being positive on BWOT I'd hate to see you get negative...
Maybe it's a case of "One man's trash is another man's treasure..." or something like that...
I think the difference is, I have been trained, since the mid Seventies as a systems analyst, systems manager and systems architect. That mindset means that I look at steady state as normal. I only run up flags when there are problems or issues that I see where performance is below steady state or sub-standard.
In other words, it has been my profession to look at a situation, whether it is a news delivery system, a manufacturing components supply system, a worldwide IT network or a financial market system and analyze its Strengths, its Weaknesses, its Opportunities and its Threats [SWOT]. Some call it ISO9000, others call it Six Sigma but the outcome is the same, a quantitative analysis of a system, flagging problems and determining solutions or at least potential outcomes.
On fora like these that translates simply into debate on the issues. Am I negative on the Economy? NO, I simply look at the issues facing the US economy, point out my evidence, lay my cards on the table and go from there. The facts that I present are what they are. Negative connotations would be more an inference of the reader and not an implication by me.
In the case of the US Economy over the past 24 MONTHS, there really has not been ANY good news, really not been any positive information that has come from any sources except anecdotal spikes so I can see where you might perceive what we discuss as negative but I post what I post as informative and discussion material. I realize it makes your boy Bushie look bad but, frankly, he does look bad. Much of this is on his very weak shoulders.
And as for seeing me when I really get negative, you are right, you don't want to see that. People usually get fired because they are not doing their job. One of the reasons I keep getting contracts with the same companies is that they know that, above all else, I will give them the complete unvarnished truth, no matter what the result [and it has cost me big contracts before]