The ups and downs of the stock market not and never have been something to get overly excited about. The stock market is, in the long run, the safest place to invest your money. I say this as a former stockbroker and lifetime investor in the market. It is thanks to my investments there that the mortgage on my home was paid off 15 years early. If people had been able to investment the money that was taken from them in the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security in the market they would have been better off.
The state can never straighten the crooked timber of humanity.
I'm a conservative because I question authority.