Final AP

In The New York Times editorial by David Brooks entitled "The Big Disconnect" (April 25, 2011), why does Brooks say that the public mood has detached from the economic cycle? Do you think most informed Americans would agree with Brooks that the discontent of the American public is at odds with the busines cycle? Provide examples from any of your reading, your conversations with other Americans or your experience to support your evaluation of the author's assertion.

"The Missing Fifth" by David Brooks in The New York Times May 9, 2011

"Why No One Should Ever, Ever Read David Brooks" at Cogitamus

"Can't Get No Satisfaction: The Conscience of a Liberal" by Paul Krugman in The New York Times April 26, 2011

Finals should be e-mailed to me by Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM PST