August 10th, 2011
04:59 PM ET
By CNN's Ed Hornick
As the Broadway musical "Anything Goes" says, "It's always darkest just before they turn on the lights."
Recent polls confirm that the country is desperately looking for those lights amid continuing economic malaise. But positive signs are hard to find.
The evidence: an unemployment rate over 9%, the S&P downgrade of the U.S. bond rating, troop deaths in Afghanistan, soaring government deficits, a ballooning national debt, the dollar getting pummeled overseas, yo-yo gas prices and gridlock in Washington that has stalled virtually everything.
America, it appears, is stuck. Read full article here.