Charles Payne
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It's like thunder and lightning,
the way you love me is frightening.
You better knock, knock on wood, baby

Knock On Wood
-Rachel Stevens

With a little more than a week remaining in 2013, it feels like the nation dodged a worst-case scenario, and actually has a little wind in its sails. The question is the level of confidence needed to build enough momentum, or will the prevailing notion be that the country simply got lucky, so knock on wood -let's see how 2014 fares.

We head into next year with an economy that's stronger than it was when we started the year, more Americans. More Americans are finding work and experiencing the pride of a paycheck. Our businesses are positioned for new growth and new jobs. And I firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America.

Press Conference December 20, 2013
President Obama

I actually agree with President Obama; there was economic traction in 2013, although I wouldn't conflate "strong" with "better", nor would I say 2014 will be a “breakthrough” year. There is no doubt 2014 could be the best year in the last six- years, but that's not saying anything about potential. The fact of the matter is the foundation of America is capable of delivering blessings for everyone, which is a lot different than delivering free food and shelter. Although his political decisions say otherwise our Commander in Chief was spot on about the pride of a paycheck, rather than an EBT card or an unemployment check for the 100th week.

People feel heroic when they earn a living, especially during this time of the year.


Movie Review

The movie "Elysium" starring Matt Damon is typical Hollywood junk that portrays the future as dark and foreboding, as a result of capitalism and man-made pollution.

The rich are so selfish; each home has a machine that can do any medical miracle from fixing bones to curing leukemia; yet they refuse to share with the poor that are stuck on a rotting earth.

It's an embarrassing movie- there isn't a single black person on Elysium, as they all live in shanties on earth. A similar, but better attempt is "Upside Down".

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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.