Things are never as bad as they seem. Of course, assuming that everything is hunky-dory is not a good idea either.
The crap in the Middle East and the crap in our own Midwest immediately spring to mind.
There are problems in the world, foreign and domestic.
The politicians are not going to solve those problems. They, for the most part, are incapable of performing any useful function. At least that's the way it seems to me.
Unless running for re-election is considered a useful skill.
As for me, I will do my job, pay my taxes and play by the rules.