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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caguerin caguerin

Not exactly an unbiased polling group. Gas prices are doubled. Housing values are down. Unemployment up. Median average family income down $4000/year. College tuition way up. Facts are facts. Our house is not better off.


Yes they did Linda Hall. Lindsay is very fair.

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Actually they did, Linda Hall. It was even on the national news.


I'm better off - so's my husband.  We both make more than we did 4 years ago.

Of course, we could say the same thing after Bush's 8 years - we both made more money at the end of his Presidency than we did at the beginning.

So what's THAT say?

Kendsey Huffer

I hate election years! My family is far better off than we were 4 years ago. But that's not important because we are better off due to our own efforts, hard work and saving. Here's what I look at. 3 years ago my husband got laid off after oil prices crashed. Six months later he got laid off again. The economy is strong enough now that he has been back to work with a prosperous, growing, privately owned company for a year now. I completed my college degree and have since received two raises. My kids will be able to stay on my husbands insurance till they are better able to financially support themselves. So yes, I see some positive changes that are a direct result of what our governing body has accomplished. Is it enough? No. Do I want to go back to what we were doing 8 years ago? H-E double hockey sticks NO! That's why, regardless of my cynicism, I h

aul myself AND my two kids to the polls. At least that way I figure I have the right to complaint about what's going on!

Pagea... PageantDressMom

We are much worse off.  It seems like all we can afford to pay for is gas for my husband to get to work and food to eat.  There never seems to be anything left to pay bills. We are just a few years from retirement, but have already sold our home (for a loss) just to get out from under the increasingly high costs of owning a home. We now live in an RV to cut costs, and even that is almost more than we can handle.  Gave up cable/satellite, etc.  Now watch antenna TV.  Gave up contract cell phones.  Now use prepaid.  Never expected this at the end of the tunnel....  But I admit I'm not sure it's a political party thing.  It doesn't seem to matter who is running the store in Washington.  None of them are looking out for our best interests.  I honestly doslapn't know who I'm more afraid of -- an Obama-led government or a Romney-led government.

MrsAnjo MrsAnjo




I don't know. Man! I remember gas prices being high before the man got in office as well as other things not goinng so well. Was the housing market going down before or after?

Was it bad before or After Obama?

Who holds the most seats in Congress? Senate? Where are most of the decisions made?

Does the President hold the most power, is this a dictatorship type of government now?



Terra Beaumier Burns

I'm inspired by so many posts and many being in the same position as myself...NOT doing better. So when I see the next polls come out I'll remember that I am not alone. Most are in the same position, some better, more worse. I think we just might see a new president in office, despite what NBC may be reporting. Stay stong moms, enough of us HOPE CHANGE will come.

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