Unlike the crash of 1929, when American moneymen jumped to their deaths from Wall Street rooftops and breadwinners who couldn't win the bread hanged themselves in their basements, Americans are bucking the blues of this recession and reacting with a healthy streak of unalloyed anger.

Salon reports the Madoffs and others of his ilk are stymying Americans' faith in the financial machine but not pushing them to despair. Not yet at least. The surly rebuttals in op-ed after op-ed are a sign the country still has its head above water. Fire-breathing ire is not a common trait in the American character, but it may be the one that we have to master to get us through to better times.