Charles Payne
 know the economy is always expressed in X's and O's which makes it a lot like sports, but the fact is both are about flesh and blood.  Both represent triumph and defeat and still there is something even deeper.  There is something alive that reacts to logic and illogic and can confound the experts on any given day.  Sure, we rarely ever say the market "gutted it out" in a session, but until yesterday, that's exactly what stocks have done on almost a daily basis.  Although sports often feel do-or-die, it's actually the economy that can make life better, beyond that fleeting moment of our favorite team winning the Super Bowl.

One thing's is for sure, both have soul when they're done right, which is more than we can say about politics these days.  In fact, it's been a long time since the world of politics had anything resembling soul.  They say this year's election is all about the economy, yet I'm beginning to think it could actually be more than simply the direction of unemployment and GDP changes.  I think Americans need to really believe our economy can gut it out.  Sure, there's going to be a lot of smoke-and-mirrors and endless spin on how great 8.3% unemployment is when there are the same amount of people working as a couple of decades ago. 

I think there is a lack of belief in all politicians that actually harms the economy or any economic plan—one has to believe in order to make any system begin to work.  Of course, it has to be the right system, too.  That system needs a spark based on hope and optimism, and these days that means there has to be a key ingredient, wholesomeness.   So many people feel like everything is rigged, beginning with their lives and the forces that keep them in their lanes.  Like sports fans following mediocre teams, we become complicit with our rigged world.  Until we're jolted out of it by something that reminds us life has no boundaries—especially life in America.


Last night, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks scored nine points early in the game and tossed out some unbelievable assist before cruising out the rest of the game on the bench as his team eased out a blowout win.  Jeremy Lin is the person that makes people believe.  He doesn't look the part in any way, yet his skills blossomed at the right moment.  He has become a phenomenon in New York and is spreading around the nation like a jolt of electricity.  Sure, we root for him because he's winning, but we love him because he leaped out of his lane.  In so many ways his story is insane, but in so many ways this is America.

Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.

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