Are Americans Better Off Now than They Were Four Years Ago? Some Simple Advice for Team Obama

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I don’t give much political advice, especially to the advisers who helped get a black guy with Hussein in his name elected President. But they really need to find an answer to this question: Are Americans better off than they were four years ago? On This Week, David Plouffe repeatedly dodged it before saying, “We’ve made a lot of progress.” David Axelrod stonewalled on Fox News Sunday, saying only that we’re in a “better position” than we’d be under Republican rule. On Face the Nation, President Obama surrogate Martin O’Malley actually replied, “No, but that’s not the question of this election.”

That’s the question of every election! As a savvy media professional, allow me to suggest an answer: Yes.

Four years ago, the U.S. economy was in smithereens. It contracted at an 8.9% annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2008, which is Great Depression territory. At that rate, we would have shed an entire Canadian economy in 2009. We lost 800,000 jobs the month Obama moved into the White House. Then Obama passed his $800 billion stimulus — have I mentioned that I wrote a book about the stimulus? — and the second quarter of 2009 reflected the second largest GDP improvement in 25 years and the largest jobs improvement in 30 years.

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Of course, the improvement was going from absolutely hideous to really bad. Since then, we’ve improved from really bad to disappointingly mediocre. Still, I don’t understand why the Obama team feels like it can’t point out that a 2% growth rate with 150,000 new jobs a month is better than a –8.9% growth rate with 800,000 jobs lost a month. It’s not good, but it’s better, and that is better than worse.

While they’re at it, the Obama aides could argue that Americans are better off with al-Qaeda obliterated, including what’s-his-name; the salvation of the U.S. auto industry; the approval of universal health insurance; the start of a clean-energy revolution; Wall Street reform; the end of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gays in the military; and all kinds of other achievements that Obama presumably believes moved the country in the right direction. But they can’t say it’s not an important question, because there is no more important question.

When Obama kicked off his re-election campaign, I described him as the counterfactual President, preventing even worse messes, and I warned that “Things could have been worse” would be an awkward message. But things could have been worse. In fact, they were.

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Deadarab
Deadarab

Obama has let the black invasion in USA to steal white jobs and rape white young Americans virgin who losing their jobs without money. Demoncracy opens the evil islamic invasion in USA to make terrors in USA and force their sorrowful islam to bring chaos at peaceful public.

That is Obama's Care? Is Obama's care to White USA?

You can Not feel soup in the coffee.

If you mix both then it is a mess blur without true taste.

Benevolent Lawyer No License
Benevolent Lawyer No License

Pinkie Clifton: "You can still vote for the Dear Leader without it...Many times, if you so choose.."

Ah...more Maweenie Manure.  Keep trying.  You are falling far FAR behind!

BTW....you got any photo id proving you ever were in the marines?

Benevolent Lawyer No License
Benevolent Lawyer No License like.author.displayName 1 Like

Of course we are better off.  Housing starts are UP.  Osama is DEAD.  GM is ALIVE.  The RepubliKKKrappers have shot themselves in the foot.

Life is good!!!

OBAMA in 2012!!!

Terry Clifton
Terry Clifton

Travel Advisory for anyone who might be attending the Democratic National

Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Please bring your photo

identification, because you will not be allowed inside the arena without

it.

Also, if you're planning on staying at a hotel, rent a car, purchase a plane ticket, write a check, purchase alcohol or cigarettes; please don't forget your photo identification.. Even if you're a minority, sorry we're working on it..

However.... 

You can still vote for the Dear Leader without it...Many times, if you so choose..

DNC 2012

D_Bob
D_Bob

How do the NUMBERS stack up, comparing the number of cases of credit card fraud, bad checks, proof of age for buying controlled substances (alcohol, cigarettes) etc. against the number of actual cases of voter fraud?

Nice try, but your attempt to conflate the two requirements to cover up suppression of a fundamental right of americans doesn't pass the smell test.

SteveEV
SteveEV

Yeah, I am a bit better off now than I was four years ago, but not yet recovered from the prior administration. The financial meltdown took most of my retirement. At least I had ignored the predatory lenders and still have my house. Many of my neighbors had to move.

There are many worse off than me so five years ago I began volunteering to build vocational training programs in public schools linked to industry which placed students and graduates directly into well-paying jobs with career advancement opportunity. Hundreds of families I have helped are better off now. With 23 million souls still looking for a decent job we need to improve and expand these programs. We need to allow small and growing businesses to reduce costs and gain confidence in their markets. We need to allow students to complete their education without accumulating crushing debt and for graduates to contribute their talent to our economy.

I don't see anything in the Republican platform that will help with the effort. Mr. Romney made a cheap loan to one student and tells millions to "shop around" while eliminating existing loans and grants that provide valuable skilled workers to our economy every year.

Yeah, I am a bit better off but we still have a responsibility as civilized humans to help those in need. This country has over 23 million in need and ignored because of greed. If your representative tells you "go shop around" they represent someone else. More people will find their lives improving as more people participate in the solution.

ahandout
ahandout

 Steve, what laws or policy did Bush pass or institute to cause the housing meltdown?  Can you answer a simple question?

SteveEV
SteveEV

As I remember it, the most important number used to prove that era of "prosperity" was the number of home loans created. The next was corporate profit. Both increased as financial regulation faded. Prosperity did not appear in the paychecks of most Americans but we did see wealth and power consolidate in the hands of influencial party insiders. Mr. Bush ordered up billions in "no bid" contracts to old friends and allowed millions to just disappear.

Diecash1
Diecash1

 If the Republicans knew it was a ticking time bomb, as you've previously suggested, why didn't they do anything about it when they had control of both Congressional bodies and the White House?  Can you answer that simple question?

Diecash1
Diecash1

 Regardless of the wrongness of your argument, you contend that the Repubs, while controlling both bodies of Congress and the White House, can't be held responsible for anything that they did not do.  That's interesting.  That being the case, I guess the Dems can't be held responsible for any problems they didn't address while they briefly held Congress and the White House, huh?

ahandout
ahandout

 The answer has been posted many, many times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

But the liberals know why.  If you resisted every bad piece of legislation to lend to low income buyers who couldn't afford to buy a home, YOU WERE A RACIST.  Same old song and dance.

ERenger
ERenger

Lisa, generally the argument against quantitative easing or other monetary stimulus is that it amounts to printing money, and it will cause inflation, and inflation is bad. I'm saying that inflation would actually be good right now. It sounds like you are saying that the money would just be wasted on paying workers and buying infrastructure, but that extra money entering the system would otherwise have no effect.

Then my question to you is, if we can simply print money and use it to pay workers and buy infrastructure with no inflation or other effects, then why not do it? It sounds like you are saying we can get infrastructure and labor for free. Let's do it!

Kasbohmc2
Kasbohmc2

Liberals = $16 trillion deficit and 12,000,000+  illegal immigrants.

Do you really want to vote these uniformed dopes back into office?

Kasbohmc2
Kasbohmc2

I'm sorry, but if I here one more stupid liberal argument about a more "compassionate government," I will kick a hole through the wall.

Do you have any idea how many deficits you're running up with your damn entitlement programs??  Do you have ANY idea what you're doing by turning a blind eye to illegal immigration??

Anyone who votes you dipshits back into office should have a CAT scan...

By the way, Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland is a pansy liberal idiot!

Bart Lever
Bart Lever

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Diecash1
Diecash1

I don’t give much political advice, especially to the advisers who

helped get a black guy with “Hussein” in his name elected president.

Precisely how is this sentence racist?

Publius
Publius

Here are the facts on now versus four years ago. See more stats and details at thepubliuspapers.com:

OBAMA'S REPORT CARD, FIRST TERM SUBJECT          2009[1]   2012[2]   % CHANGE   GRADE..................................................................Unemployed(millions)     11.984    12.794[3]               +6.7%             D..................................................................

Unemployment Rate                      7.8%        8.3%              +6.4%              D..................................................................Black UnemploymentRate               12.7%       14.4%[4]       +13.4%              F..................................................................Gas Prices[5]      $1.84/gal. $3.83/gal.     +108%              D..................................................................Poverty         13.2%[6]  15.7%[7]         +18.8%             D-..................................................................Median Income      $54,983[8]  $50,964[9]        -7.3%             D..................................................................National Debt (Tril.) $10.627   $15.997          +50.5%             F..................................................................Americans on Food Stamps(Millions)       31.98      46.67[10]          +45.9%            F..................................................................Number of Federal Employees(Millions)          2.79         2.80[11]              +0.57%           B+..................................................................Economic Freedom World Ranking (Score)           6 (81)        10 (76) [12]     -4 (-6.2%)        C-..................................................................Consumer Confidence    37.4[13]     60.6[14]           +62%               B+..................................................................

ahandout
ahandout

Poli,

Rahm talking about how the Clinton Administration passed NAFTA.   Seems that they really worked hard to get er done.

"You know, politics is about mending and tacking and so on, and setting your

priorities. We were a very determined administration. We made a lot of

compromises to get NAFTA passed and a lot of deals to get NAFTA passed. Did we

cave in or not? We got it done. I don't think so."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...

annevincent
annevincent

The biggest insult to the US economy (by far) has been the unfunded wars that began in Bush's era, and have persisted throughout Obama's years. A billion bucks a month. The rest of the US debts associated with "entitlements" and the housing/mortgage crisis, and healthcare, and  and all the rest are just small potatoes. As long as both parties continue to mandate that the US military act as the police force for the entire planet... the US taxpayer is going to barely keep treading water. We need to put a halt to this, and despite promising us that he would do it, Obama has not extracted us from the middle east or many other conflicts. (He definitely did not make the blunder of something as stupid as Bush going into Iraq, just for oil. And he kept us out of Libya and Egypt and Syria and Iran, so far. )    

George286
George286

Close but wrong, here is a chart (click on link)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The biggest insult was the Bush tax cuts, retained through unfunded wars, then the loss of income to tax, then economic kick-start measures, then some TARP. This is the huge debt "that Obama has run up."  BTW, tax rates are the lowest they've been in 50 years, which is what runs up that debt.

Publius
Publius

Out of control spending also runs up that debt. And the number of millionaires in the U.S. has fallen precipitously under Obama's watch, showing that his economic policies are not just hurting the middle class. Less millionaires, of course, means less people paying taxes at the highest marginal rate. The severe drop in the number of wealthy Americans the last four years also shows how increasingly vacuous is the claim that Republicans only want to give tax breaks to the wealthy--there just aren't that many wealthy Americans anymore.

see more at thepubliuspapers. com

Yeshuratnam
Yeshuratnam

Better off in what? Grunwald's misleading caption. Obama's previous slogan 'Change'has changed the country into deep economic recession and mammoth unemployment. The new slogan 'forward' is to move forward to destruction. This is quite obvious from international events. Taking advantage of Obama's weakness, Putin wants to revive the former Soviet union. Obama gave several billions of dollars to Mursi's Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt has established close ties with Beijing and Tehran. Egypt is now emerging as another Iran and Mursi a new Khomeini. Obama's impotence can be seen from the bloodbath that is going on in Syria. Cameron and Sarkozy intervened at the right moment in Libya and saved thousands of lives. But Obama is totally indifferent to what is happening in Syria. If he is not prepared for direct intervention, he could have assisted Turkey and the rebels to topple Assad. As in the case of his hesitation to kill bin Laden, a Muslim leader next only to Mohammed the Prophet, Obama is not taking a bold decision to remove Assad, an arch enemy of the US. Second term for Obama will be disastrous for America and the world.  

Publius
Publius

Here are the statistics that show how we are much worse off than four years ago. See more stats and details in essay Number XVII at thepubliuspapers. com

OBAMA'S REPORT CARD, FIRST TERM SUBJECT          2009[1]   2012[2]   % CHANGE   GRADE..................................................................Unemployed(millions)     11.984    12.794[3]               +6.7%             D..................................................................

Unemployment Rate                      7.8%        8.3%              +6.4%              D..................................................................Black UnemploymentRate               12.7%       14.4%[4]       +13.4%              F..................................................................Gas Prices[5]      $1.84/gal. $3.83/gal.     +108%              D..................................................................Poverty         13.2%[6]  15.7%[7]         +18.8%             D-..................................................................Median Income      $54,983[8]  $50,964[9]        -7.3%             D..................................................................National Debt (Tril.) $10.627   $15.997          +50.5%             F..................................................................Americans on Food Stamps(Millions)       31.98      46.67[10]          +45.9%            F..................................................................Number of Federal Employees(Millions)          2.79         2.80[11]              +0.57%           B+..................................................................Economic Freedom World Ranking (Score)           6 (81)        10 (76) [12]     -4 (-6.2%)        C-..................................................................Consumer Confidence    37.4[13]     60.6[14]           +62%               B+..................................................................

George286
George286

 Lying.  Obama did not put us into this recession, just digging us out of the Hiroshima-sized crater created by the same clowns trying to get elected to replace him.

Publius
Publius

Here is what Obama did do during his last four years, the good, the bad, and the ugly. See more at thepubliuspapers. com:

OBAMA'S REPORT CARD, FIRST TERM SUBJECT          2009[1]   2012[2]   % CHANGE   GRADE..................................................................Unemployed(millions)     11.984    12.794[3]               +6.7%             D..................................................................

Unemployment Rate                      7.8%        8.3%              +6.4%              D..................................................................Black UnemploymentRate               12.7%       14.4%[4]       +13.4%              F..................................................................Gas Prices[5]      $1.84/gal. $3.83/gal.     +108%              D..................................................................Poverty         13.2%[6]  15.7%[7]         +18.8%             D-..................................................................Median Income      $54,983[8]  $50,964[9]        -7.3%             D..................................................................National Debt (Tril.) $10.627   $15.997          +50.5%             F..................................................................Americans on Food Stamps(Millions)       31.98      46.67[10]          +45.9%            F..................................................................Number of Federal Employees(Millions)          2.79         2.80[11]              +0.57%           B+..................................................................Economic Freedom World Ranking (Score)           6 (81)        10 (76) [12]     -4 (-6.2%)        C-..................................................................Consumer Confidence    37.4[13]     60.6[14]           +62%               B+

  

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Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

THIS COMMENT IS DIRECTED AT, Diecash1...............here you go little girl !

I, believe it's common knowledge and belief that NO INDIVIDUAL, should accept any AWARD for anything that that individual did not so rightfully earned, am I correct ?

Unless I missed something, I am sure that Mr. DUMBNUTS , received the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, within the first 6 months of his term, am I right ?

Would you care to share with all of us here, WHY, he didn't refuse it because it was considered by many as a FALSELY EARNED AWARD ?

You did say you wanted an INTELLIGENT DIALOG, didn't you little girl ?

Diecash1
Diecash1

 I'll give you credit for making an attempt, no matter how weak it was.  Beyond that, WTH are you talking about?  How is that remotely related to the post?  You did read the post, didn't you?  Further, you do realize that you are stating an opinion, yes?  You don't believe Obama deserved his award -- so what.

BTW, I'm still waiting for some intelligent commentary. 

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

Yeah, some people seem to have forgotten they have DOUBLE-STANDARDS, like yourself, huh ?

For all the good things a person does in this world, it could come crashing down on them because of something so little as taking an award that was wrongfully given and not refused. 

Stating an opinion ?, Yeah, your damn right I am because your too frigging stupid to figure out that OPINIONS are what makes or breaks a belief !

Am I really pressing your button here, little girl ? Haven't you figured out that my mindfu*k is simply not caring about my freedom but others, am like the Devils Advocate, I see and view things that simple minded souls like you fail to see.

Intelligent commentary ? You had your shot and blew it when you didn't address the issue with the award given Obama !

I, unlike you, don't expect NO ONE to like my comments and I have no reason to gain likes from anyone whatsoever here or anywhere.

I tend to do my own thinking whereas some don't and tend to crowd around others who depend of others to do their thinking for them. 

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

You know, am not going to win here with you because others are afraid of sticking their own neck out.

It is so very sad to observe this and not knowing if at least one of us is making any sense at all.

You see what your doing ? Your doing the same exact thing as OBAMA is doing ! DISTORTING and MISDIRECTING others by smoke and mirror tactics, Your a real piece of work.

Maybe, Obama should hire you to wipe his arse and serve him his Lobster dinner , don't forget to give him a love suck under the table when he drops his fork !  

Diecash1
Diecash1

 

Am I really pressing your button here, little girl ?

Not in the slightest.  I'm enjoying your pathetic attempts at commentary and your weak grasp of the English language.  You'll have to do better than insults, stupidity and misogyny to bother me.  You've done nothing more than expose yourself for the idiot that you are. 

George286
George286

Well lets take a tally.  Is the world banking system still collapsing?  Have banks and Wall Street been brought to heel to some measure, as well as the financial industry, for their chicanery?  Were those unemployed, injured and being foreclosed on by the debacle extended help?  Are we suffering the tragic unemployment of Spain and Greece who are forced to follow austerity programs similar to those of the Republicans?  Are we still in Iraq?  Do we now have some semblance of access to health care for all and stopped insurance companies from victimizing the ill for profit?  Is the dictator Quaddafi still running Libya?  Do student loans still carry a surcharge for private lenders to administer them?

And, was this all achieved with a malicious Tea Party congress doing its best to sabotage Obama, national interests be damned, with a concerted campaign of disinformation, fear mongering and right wing baboonery?

     --that just gets worse as the Republicans realize they are going down to defeat.

Yes, I would say we are better off than four years ago and Obama has done a heckofa good job.  FOUR MORE YEARS, VOTE OBAMA, throw the money changers out of Washington D.C.

Justjean
Justjean

You bet your sweet bippy we are better off.  I remember the month we lost half of our retirement money and vowed never to vote GOP again.  The stock market is better now.  Weather is bad, but that is NOT the President's fault.  The only mistake the President made was to not convince the public if they really wanted the agenda that they sent him to the whitehouse for - they needed to elect more DEMOCRATS.  Electing more GOP just made the stagnation worse.  None-the-less, nothing can tamp our hope down.  We are better off and STILL choose hope over fear.

ahandout
ahandout

Why would any hard working American want to pay taxes to a corrupt government that willing encourages fraud?

"As millions of Americans brace themselves to pay taxes on April 15th, millions of illegal aliens get ready to celebrate a cash windfall of up to $5,750 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)."

This does not take into account the Omnibus spending bill and the stimulus which gave more money to Mexican citizens.

http://www.thesocialcontract.c...

George286
George286

 Yeah, put it in the STOCK MARKET, where titans of private enterprise never loot their companies with ridiculous compensation packages and where fraud is nonexistent.  They were there to save us when we lost 40% of our net wealth.  They are honest.  They care.  It's that darn old government causing the problem.