Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?

Nate Silver has an interesting piece up at the NY Times entitled The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election. Skipping past a recitation of just what Carter was facing, we get to

Mr. Reagan would win overwhelmingly, however, claiming 44 states (even Massachusetts and New York) while limiting Mr. Carter to just 41 percent of the vote. He surged in the final week of the campaign after he posed the following question to Americans in the presidential debate of October 28, the first and only such event in which he and Mr. Carter participated together:

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Mr. Reagan asked, dwelling on Mr. Carter’s economic and foreign policy failures. Voters decided that they weren’t, and Mr. Reagan became the 40th president.

Nate goes on to discuss Obama’s approval ratings, stating, quietly, that they seem inflated from reality, but, he also goes on a “Blame Bush and the Republicans” tangent. Fortunately, a good chunk of the current GOP presidential crop seems quite willing to call Obama out on that meme if he tries it. Which they probably will.

Nate doesn’t want to dive into the horrible state of the economy that much, much like the rest of the Compliant Media only runs unlinked stories here and there, because that would harm Obama. Liberals apparently think that it’s better to take the economy down and get Obama re-elected.

Fact is, Election 2012 will hinge on the economy, as we all know. If it gets better in 2012, Obama will have a better chance. Considering this administrations policies, the economy will probably be in the same place, or worse, come November 2012.

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8 Responses to “Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?”

  1. Black Flag says:

    No we are not better off after four years – three years of Liberals running the country and RINO Republicans standing around on the sidelines.
    Off with their heads!

  2. david7134 says:

    I agree with black flag. Get-er-done. Lets stop talking.

  3. captainfish says:

    Hey BF.. don’t say that to an Aussie Scientist or you could be arrested for “Offending a Scientist” law.

    On topic, You guys hear where NMP stated that he does not BELIEVE we are in a double dip recession.

    Umm.. have you seen the economic picture lately Mr. NMP?!?! Hello? Is this brain on?


  4. david7134 says:

    I don’t believe we are in a double dip recession. I firmly believe we are broke and in a depression. I follow the bank stocks and feel that Obama and group have just about killed them and they are the institution that has the chance of getting the economy going again. Most of the rest of industry seems paralysed by the fact that regulations and rules have skyrocketed and the cost of employeeing people is much higher. Many don’t know what to expect tomorrow from this government. Here in Louisiana, Obama just decided to stop oil production! The same could happen to any other indurstry. So how do you manage you capital.

    We are up a creek.

  5. captainfish says:

    Well, from my understanding of eCo-mnomnics, don’t you have to go through a double-dip to get to a real depression?


    Here’s what’s happening to the existing home prices


    The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that the auto bailout may cost American taxpayers $14 billion.


    The analysis by ClearView Energy Partners estimates that Americans are now spending 12 percent of their disposable income on gasoline, electricity and heating – up from 7.7 percent in 2002. With Americans’ disposable income increasing since 2002, households are paying more than double what they did in 2002 – $4,410 a year in 2011, compared with $2,180 a year per in 2002.

    Gasoline prices are responsible for much of the jump, with electricity and heating actually down as a share of the household energy budget since 2002. Gasoline, by contrast, now takes up about 38 percent of the average household energy budget, compared with 24 percent in 2002.

    …. add to that the higher cost of food and the DECREASE in the worth of the dollar. Inflation anyone?

    85% of College Grads Move Back In With Mom and Dad

    The unemployment picture…. can you say WAAAAYYYyy off base?

    And now we have $61 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities (not counting the ones that we are funding) which WILL cost each household over $500,000 to pay off. Yet, we know most households don’t work. So, I’d say cut that number of households in half and those that pay taxes can expect to find a bill in their mailbox for $1 MILLION in extra taxes due.


  6. Word says:

    Word of the day.

    America is not exceptional. Representative WEENY can “cheat” on his wife and then lie out is ass about it and the people in his district will “give him a second chance”

    With that mindset in America, we as a collective majority have stopped demanding great things of this country. We are now content with our blackberries, Ipads and Ipods and playstations and Wii’s. Our internet better work and our 400 tv channels better not get disconnected.

    The rest……..fook it. America is no longer exceptional. IN fact we are a moral disgrace as evidenced by the slime balls sent to congress and then they steal our money and laugh and party behind closed doors while pretending to be really concerned when “ON CAMERA”.

    America is a laughing stock under this president and the “MALAISE” is evident in the wiki leaks that caused the world to YAWN…….everyone knows America is sleazbags……just look at who they elect to represent them.

    So why should we expect the economy to recover from this last recession? The fact is Obama and team prepared us for the fact that “get used to 10 percent unemployment”….The facts are simple. America is broken and we have hired a one armed paper hanger to perform brain surgery on US.

  7. captainfish says:

    The Word Word Worded!!!

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