How are we doing? Prosperity manifests itself in all sorts of ways. Americans today, particularly the poor, enjoy benefits they could never have dreamed of in 1905 and 1955, according to this piece in the American.
This pieces also discusses the price of economic pessimism, which interestingly the Left thrives on in order to demagogue and push us in the direction of socialism (does this track with the performance of their stocks? Money, meet mouth). Pessimism notwithstanding, your $10,000 investment in the Dow circa 1980 would now be worth $288,163 – despite even the last few rocky months.