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Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago? - VIDEO


A new ad from Obama for America responds to the Reagan-esque assertion Romney keeps making, that Obama can't tell us that we're better off today than when he took office four years ago.


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  1. The same. This question should be directed at the tiny 'elite' at the top, who've managed to consolidate and increase their wealth and power. But overall the economy really hasn't improved and I see our society becoming dangerously stratified socioeconomically and politically.

    There should never have been ANY bailouts by either Bush or Obama. Those in trouble should have been allowed to collapse and/or declare bankruptcy. It all would have sorted itself out in the end, minus the MASSIVE debt.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 17, 2012 9:30:59 AM

  2. I'm better off for a host of reasons. As best as could be expected from the mess where we started 4 years ago.

    Posted by: ES | Sep 17, 2012 9:44:21 AM

  3. Definitely better off.

    And much much much better off than if nothing had been done.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Sep 17, 2012 9:59:25 AM

  4. Let's see, when President Obama took office, the unemployment chart looked like the up-escalator at the local mall. The stock market trend and GDP growth looked like the edge of the Grand Canyon. Sure Mittens, let's go back to that place.

    Have we rebounded to sub-5 percent unemployment? No. And trust me, we won't even come close with a CEO for a President. When companies fire people to make more money (not to break even, not to get out of the red, but to make *more*) and we have a President who empathizes 100%, we'll be lucky to keep it at 8%.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 17, 2012 9:59:41 AM

  5. @kp05 Well said. I agree completely. Corporations work very hard to drive cost out of the business to increase profits. The biggest cost? Wages and benefits. I fear the good paying jobs lost are lost forever.

    Posted by: gary | Sep 17, 2012 10:11:46 AM

  6. I'm actually not better off, but that's because the Republicans have cut my state-employee salary by 9% so that they can give more tax breaks to rich people and corporations. They have also passed legislation that states that I'll never again get a pay raise that's more than the cost of living adjustment, and even those won't be available for the next few years. So yeah, I'm not better off. But it's not because of Obama, it's because of Mitt's party and its behavior in Congress and in state government.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 17, 2012 10:19:23 AM

  7. By Romney's assertion, the 1% should then all be voting for Obama. They are all doing far better.

    And for most gay people, in spite of the evangelically insane and the tea party ignorant, strides have been made in positive directions. I have no intention of having the hate-filled take this country over.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 17, 2012 10:28:28 AM

  8. agree with Bart 100%

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 17, 2012 10:52:19 AM

  9. agree with Bart 100%

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 17, 2012 10:52:24 AM

  10. Yes, I am. Now move on, Mutt.

    Posted by: Howard | Sep 17, 2012 10:54:22 AM

  11. After a period of not knowing how to respond to this question, it's nice to see the Democrats fighting back. And the list could go on: GM was on the verge of bankruptcy; the war in Iraq was dragging on;
    and the economy was in a virtual free fall.

    The canard of the Republicans is that the stimulus billed failed,
    but that's not true. It saved thousands of jobs at a time when no one else could step in to do anything.

    As far as GM, Romney's solution was the right choice for a businessman; it was the wrong choice for a President. While there could be a restructuring, it would not have prevented the headline, "GM Goes Bankrupt." That would have had the same emotional impact that the collapse of Lehman did. That impact - in addition to job losses a long the supply chain - would have sent shock waves throughout the country. And, possibly, created another Great Depression.

    No only are we better off now, we will be better off in the next 4 years.

    Posted by: gr8guya | Sep 17, 2012 10:57:32 AM

  12. The Democrats are just as much responsible as the Republicans for the mess we're in. It took decades [really since the '70s] to get were we are today. At the national level, both main political parties are in bed with each other on the important issues, i.e. the issues that involve $. This is a simple fact. And 'progressives' at the top level are likewise in bed with big business/finance because it's all really about personal power, personal enrichment, insider information. There are sincere [if gullible] people at the lower levels who are genuine, but the leadership of our politics, business,religions, and various ideologies are almost all frauds.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 17, 2012 11:20:39 AM

  13. I've been saying for a few years now, Obama is the best president we've ever had. Until he does something I seriously hate I'll stand by that statement. ^_^

    Posted by: Alexander | Sep 17, 2012 2:49:41 PM

  14. Ratbastard/Rick/jason the troll is just trolling. He just wants to cause an argument. So ignore him.

    Posted by: MateoM | Sep 17, 2012 4:16:33 PM

  15. Whether you think so or not, elect Romney and Ryan, and they'll be sure to see to it that you will know that you are screwed.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Sep 17, 2012 8:36:33 PM

  16. The closer we get to the election, the better off Americans are, compared to four years ago.

    If you look exactly four years ago, the crisis had started and was getting worse and worse by the day. By the time November rolls around and I look back, I remember walking around downtown and, whenever I noticed a line on the sidewalk, wondering if the run on the banks had begun.

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 18, 2012 2:07:50 AM

  17. This is just another of Romney's flip-flops. He used to admit that many people were better off than four years ago.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arkt | Sep 18, 2012 9:44:16 AM

  18. Excellent post. I certainly love this website. Keep it up

    Posted by: introspective out | Jan 17, 2013 6:12:54 AM

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