Every age has its illusions. Ours has been this fervent belief in the
power of prosperity. Our pillars of faith are now crashing about us.
We are discovering that we cannot, as we had once supposed, create
prosperity at will ... Worse, we are learning that even great amounts
of prosperity won't solve all our social problems. Our Good Society is
disfigured by huge blemishes: entrenched poverty, persistent racial
tension, the breakdown of the family, and staggering budget deficits.
We are being rudely disabused of our vision of the future. The result
is a deep crisis of spirit that fuels Americans growing self-doubts,
cynicism with politics, and confusion about our global role.
-Newsweek, March, 1992