#1..This the PBR board...not the "POL" board...making your post essentially SPAM.
#2 Because this is the PBR board, it represents a strongly biased survey population.
#3. The Republicans have said "NO" to almost every attempt this administration has made to cope with the Bush financial disaster...Making Obama look bad at the expense of the nation.
#4. Most of the national debt was accumulated during GOP administrations. Reagan, Bush and Chaney all declared that " Debt doesn't matter".
#6. No, i'm not better off because medical costs have kicked the crap out of us. Obama-care hasn't kicked in yet and Americans presently pay about 5 times what other industrialized nations pay for poorer medical care...except for the 1% who pay even more.
And we lost big time on PBR.
Our responses mean little to nothing, the general population is what counts.
As safe harbor pointed out... "measured by the stock market ?" .. or assets ?
Those metrics tell us little. I could have made money on the short side of the market... in fact I did, and so did musk in the last four years. So how is that a feather in BO's cap ?
In fact, musk sold his US property under the bush era for a nice profit. The last four years, musk assets increased from appreciating RE in Brazil... so what does BO & BB have to do with that ?
Not one participant on this board is worse off than 4 years ago?! Cool!!
Where did all the Chicken-Littles go, the ones short the BO/BB rally b/c the sky is falling? WHere are the Tea-party members who think America-the-Beautiful is America-the-Finished, and wish they could move to the lands of opportunity: BRIC?
Better off? How? Measured by the stock market (which is cyclical anyway)? I'm better off because I'm wiser and continually adjusting to the system. No great accomplishment despite 'the help along the way'. What a crock.
Is the future of the country better off now. No. My opinion. We're further in debt, w/out unqualified gains in sustainable metrics. Look past your nose and you should understand the hole we're digging is deeper now than four yrs ago, without any gains in integrity and trust in leadership. The only change has been who the sleezy benefactors are.
Once again, I'll state that we need to face facts. We spend consume more than we produce. Not a good recipe. We can either tweak our way thru the next several years, or we can address the issue now before the hole is even deeper.
Ridicule the Tea Party members all you want, but they have a more realistic understanding of what's unfolding than your standard B.O./M.R. and their fans.