I have managed to be very successful in my life, profession and in businesses I've owned w/out ever "looking for problems." Problems come and problems go, but being positive about ones life and career is much more preferable than looking for problems and always being negative--as many here seem determined to be. As I sad, a sad state of affairs!
You have always stated that you believe in the Free Market and Capitalistic system of business. If so, then EVERYTHING about that system is based on looking for problems. Whether it is ISO9000, SixSigma, Quality1, or any of the other quality based programs, CONSTANT EVALUATION OF THE PROCESS
is what allows strong businesses to survive and what allows weak businesses to either fold, be bought, or just run on pure dumb luck.
Much of what you perceive as negative press or negative analysis is from folks who look at the process, whether housing, recession, immigration or anything else and see why it is not working up to "steady state". Many of us want for the system to work as designed, not at partial success [which is what we see right now on many levels].
We as a country are in a constant state of survival training. We have to be at our best. ALWAYS. Without looking at what is wrong [and digging deep into it] we can never know what is needed to make it right.
When you bring you car in for diagnostics and the mechanic goes over it and gives you the list of problems you do not consider that as always being negative and a sad state of affairs. It is what he does. When you go to the Doctor for a problem you want a complete diagnostics "and don't sugarcoat it" because you need to know the truth. That truth does not make your doctors negative and a sad state of affairs.
Just because folks who disagree with Bush's Administration, and point out the harsh weaknesses of his decisions are looking at the situation through different eyes than you does not make them negative, nor a "sad state of affairs". What it does is insure that, in the future, in the next Administration lessons will have been learned and a stronger country will come out the other side.
Now if we take all the potential lessons that we could have learned from the errors of the past eight years and DON'T Adapt and Learn from them, THAT will be the SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.