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Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?
Originally posted by RELDDIR
Here are the stats:
Unemployment: 7.8% then, 8.3% now
Median income: $54,983 then, $50,964 now
Gas prices: $1.85 per gallon then, $3.78 now
National debt: $10.6 trillion then, $15.9 trillion now
Are Americans better off? Obama aides won't say
By BEN FELLER and DAVID ESPO | Associated Press
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. - Mark Twain,
On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked David Axelrod, "Can you honestly say the average American is better off today than four years ago?" "Here's what I can say, Chris," answered Axelrod, who advises Obama's reelection campaign. ....
On ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos had similar difficulty prying a yes-or-no answer to the "better off" question from Obama senior adviser David Plouffe.
"I think the American people understand that we got into a terrible economic situation, a recession -- the Great Depression is the only one the country has ever seen like it," Plouffe said, before pivoting to a broad criticism of Romney's policies.
Stephanopoulos tried once more, but Plouffe dodged, saying Romney would make things worse. "You still can't say yes," Stephanopoulos said.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Sunday that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago, answering the question that other Obama surrogates tried to avoid as it repeatedly came up on the weekend talk shows.
O’Malley, a Democrat who will be speaking at the party’s convention this week in Charlotte, addressed the issue on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “No,” he said when asked if Americans were better off. He added: “But that's not the question of this election ....
Team Obama can't say the country is better off after four years," Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer said. "This will be the most effective counter-programming effort ever conducted by the GOP."
Originally posted by IrVulture
I would have to say YES!
I make more money now than I ever have....