Are We Better Off Now Than We Were Four Years Ago? (VIDEO)

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Moms Matter 2012It's the trending question of the week, and one Republicans are using to try to persuade voters to give Mitt Romney a chance:

Are we better off now than we were four years ago?

We posed the question to moms at the Democratic convention. Check out our video after the jump and find out what they had to say, then tell us in the comments whether you're think we're better off now.

As a staunch independent voter myself, I'd have to say we are better off now than we were four years ago, although like most everyone else, I would have liked to see even more improvement.

Today, though, my family is doing better financially than we were four years ago, and so are most of the families we know. I'm no longer quite so afraid of hearing news of massive layoffs, and I'm seeing families move in to the houses around us that has foreclosure notices on them four years ago. I'm not hearing as many stories from my friends of losing their jobs or their homes. And I'm seeing construction pick back up on projects in my area that stalled during the recession.

We're not out of the woods yet, but I think we're headed in the right direction. And I won't speculate as to why that's the case, or who would keep things headed that way -- I'll leave that to you!

So what do you think?

Are we better off now than we were four years ago?

 

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LoveM... LoveMyViolet

I work at a retail company and we are doing MUCH better than we were 4 years ago. Sales are picking up. We are on track to do 10% better than last year. 


Instead of asking are you better off? Voters should be asking: "What have Republicans done in the last 4 years to deserve the White House??

Sarah Yeldell

My family is better off.



In 2010, the civil engineering firm at which I am an environmental engineer was bought by a much larger, more solvent company (my old one had been circling the drain since about 2006). My employment is more secure than it was in 2008 and my pay is considerably higher. We now live in a larger house and have two children (born in 2008 and 2011). Work has been steady, although it was affected by the recession due to a slowdown in new construction.



In 2009, my husband (also a civil engineer) left his government job and went to work in the private sector. In 2011, after the birth of our second child, he returned to the US Army Corps of Engineers.



We are much better off than we were in 2008. I don't know how that relates to government policies, but we're happy.

nonmember avatar Guest

@LoveMyViolet, "I work at a retail company and we are doing MUCH better than we were 4 years ago. Sales are picking up. We are on track to do 10% better than last year."



Is that BECAUSE OF or IN SPITE OF democrat policy?


In a normal recovery, or if we were experiencing any sort of recovery what so ever, a retail operation should be experiencing explosive sales due to pent up demand.



"Instead of asking are you better off? Voters should be asking: "What have Republicans done in the last 4 years to deserve the White House??"



Well, they have consistently voted against the democrat debt explosion. They have consistently voted against the democrat "Your energy bill will necessarily skyrocket" policy.





Right back at you, instead of trying to blame the democrats voting record on the party out of power, let's ask a LEGITIMATE question;


"What have democrats done in the last 4 years to deserve the White House??"

Gilli... GillianMarcus

My family is doing slightly better than we were four years ago.  More important to me is that fact that the only alternative we have this election (other than third party, which I never vote) has proposed very little in their party platform that our country needs.  Mitt Romney certainly hasn't explained in any concrete detail how he plans to fix our problems.

nonmember avatar Zuri

Are we better off than we were four years ago? YES. The auto industry is back. We are no longer a few Dow points from a depression. We are no longer losing 700,000 jobs a month. In fact, since Obama's first fiscal year, there are 3,445,000 MORE people working. Bush created 3,571,000 jobs in twice the time Obama has had. The most feared terrorist is dead. The health care reform has been passed. So, are we better off than we were four years ago? YES. No loopholes, no dodging, no see fine text, no personal attacks. Truth be told, the answer is YES. You can tell yourself that Obama did a terrible job and that all of the problems started when he took office and that everything past presidents did us insignificant. "Maybe if I keep repeating this over and over, it might become true." Sorry, it doesn't work that way. So the answer to your question is: YES, YES, and YES.

Flori... Floridamom96

The president is most emphatically not a mere figurehead. The President of the United States is the leader of not just the United States of America, but the entirety of the free world. In fact, the President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. The President (whoever it may be) has very specific and very serious Constitutional responsibilities. Do you actually believe that we elect and pay someone to be a figurehead? I am just flabbergasted at such a statement. Your only good point is that  there are in fact many other people involved in the policy making that has harmed the US, both Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama has not acted alone in enacting destructive policies. That is why it is sooooo important that we remove all those who had a hand in the debacle that is the last three and a half years, not just Obama.

Flori... Floridamom96

Seriously, Zuri? I'm all for vote for they guy you believe in and who best represents what you want in a leader, but stop being dishonest. Mitt Romney has clearly articluated policy changes he would implement. You don't have to like or agree with those policies, but stop saying there simply aren't any because that is a lie.

nonmember avatar Guest

@ Zuri, point of fact, you are the one who keeps saying "Maybe if I keep repeating this over and over, it might become true."


The auto industry is not "back", they are barely treading water in spite of having BILLIONS of taxpayers dollars GIVEN to them, AND the taxpayers are STILL on the hook for over 35 BILLION for the stock buyout. The only thing keeping them afloat are their overseas units.


Point of fact, there are fewer people working now than when OWEbama took office. The few jobs that have been created during his term are fewer than the number needed merely to keep up with the birth/death rate. Unemployment has remained over 8% for 41 months, a post WWII RECORD! And this is in spite of a 800 BILLION dollar "stimulus"!!!


Funny that you mention OWEbama care and "fine text" in the same post. 2,600 pages in the law that no one who voted for it ever bothered to read, PLUS 13,000 pages and very rapidly counting of "rules" being drafted by unelected bureaucrats in "boards" that much of the bills authority is delegated to.






cecil... cecilmansmom

no we are worse off. 

nonmember avatar kevobx

Love truth, hate opinions: *1st Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. *Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. (*Jude 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, to their Core). *Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: *Luke 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, is it good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.

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