< br />59% of people in a new Gallup survey say they're better off financially now vs last year, which is the highest since 1999. Nearly 75% say they'll be better next year – which is the most optimistic "mood of the nation" ever. The cautious optimism as the Obama administration came to a close has turned into full-blown optimism. The chances of walking into work tomorrow and being laid off are at the lowest levels since 1948 and with tax cuts and cheaper gas, we are witnessing the best economy we've ever seen. Most importantly, we are energy independent for the first time which provides strength and defense for the nation.