Are you better off than four years ago?

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 8, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Are we better off today? If you are a member of the UAW, a federal government employee or on welfare, the answer is yes. If you are a tax payer, or a future taxpayer who will bear the burden of the government’s out of control spending, the honest answer is a resounding NO! Very few are better off at the expense of those who can’t vote, yet!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    August 2012: +96,000 jobs
    August 2008: -274,000 jobs

    Are we better off than four years ago? Yeah. The economy August 2008 was in an ambulance headed to the shock trauma ward. The economy we have now is still in rehab, but things are getting better, just not as fast as we might like and there's obviously still work to do. The important thing to me is the trend and gaining private sector jobs 30 months in a row is a positive trend.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    Am I better off? Absolutely, yes. Is the country better off? Absolutely yes . . . it has a long way to go to fully recover, but it has made large strides in the past four years and is in line to continue to make strides, provided of course we don't go back to the programs and policies of GW Bush that got us in the mess in the first place. I'm hopeful, provided of course the congresspeople learn to work together and not just try to make the President fail.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Are we better off?


    Obama has worked hard to reverse the tragedy that President Cheney and his little friend started. But big disasters take time and a lot of effort to clean up.

    And that is when everyone is pitching in to help rather than trying to obstruct. Obama's efforts can be likened to a mother trying to mop the kitchen floor while the kids are still tracking in mud. Or in the case of our Republican Congresspeople, maybe it's really manure.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Personally? Well, in the last four years, I got sick and nearly died, and had to quit a job I loved to go on disability. But I don't really see how I can blame that on Obama!

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Am I better off then four years ago? yes

  • ego Laie, HI
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    YES, I am better off than 4 years ago. I believe the country is as well. Things are getting better each month. The republican are mistaken to use this as a slogan to benefit themselves. Things are way better than 4 years ago: jobs are being added each month, unemployment is not increasing each month, foreclosures have slowed and the housing market is starting to pick up. YES things are better.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    2000-2008 were pretty hard. Nope, I don't want to go back to republican policies.

    If you vote for Romney, make sure to send YOUR kids to Iran.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    I thought it had been established statistically that the middle class has lost purchasing power over the last thirty years or so. That would almost take us back to the Seventies wouldn't it?

    With double digit inflation in that decade I suspect we were doing poorly then too. Government overspending, monetary manipulation and the other elements of Keynesian economics don't work for the people.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 7, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    That answer will vary greatly by person based on a their individual situation.

    But, as far as our overall country goes, the answer is Definitely YES.

    Seriously, would anyone rather be losing 700,000 + jobs per month, or adding some?
    Would you rather the stock market be in free fall or gaining?

    Reminds me of getting sick. When it first starts, you feel bad, but know it will get worse.
    Now, we still feel bad, but at least we know we will feel a little better tomorrow.

    That is not a partisan answer. There will be plenty of those to follow.