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State of America: Are You Better Off?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are asking constituents whether they are better off now than they were four years ago. We want to know what the Tampa Bay area thinks.

It’s a simple question being asked all over America by Democrats and Republicans alike: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Although seemingly simple, the answer to the question is likely to have a big impact when people go to the polls in November. After all, the answer to the question is deeply personal and is likely to prove rather motivating for voters.

To justify their stances on various issues, politicians on both sides of the aisle have stated their own answers to this question. Democrats say it’s getting better or is better. Republicans point to elevated unemployment numbers, high foreclosure rates and record numbers of people on food stamps and other forms of government assistance when answering this question with a no.

We want to know what you think Tampa Bay. Are you better off than you were four years ago? What has changed to make your answer true for you? Let us know in the comments section.

Sahara September 27, 2012 at 05:49 PM
No Keith, Their philosophy was the cause of the weak economy and unemployment. You have a short memory if you want to return to people that brought you the greatest recession since the great depression. If you don't learn from history you are doomed to repeat it. Take a look at the facts. Democratic presidents over the last 60 years have brought higher employment and better economies than Republicans. Seems it shouldn't be that way, if Republicans are for Business, but the paradox is , that is what happens time and again. Most recent example: Bill Clinton and a surplus budget. Facts, not wishful thinking, for the way you would like it to be. Reason Not emotion!
Sahara September 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM
JW: Brainwashing balderdash! I've seen the same crap dissing the Republicans. What we need now are rational people to view facts as facts and cut out the people in both parties that are ruled by their emotions instead of their brains and begin solving problems not standing in the way of those that try. Get out of the way!
Steve October 02, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Anyone who says they are better off today than 4 years ago, is sadly ignorant as to what is happing to them. Our country has become a sad crowd of uninformed people following after empty promises with little or no regard to the truth. We are like sheep being sent to the slaughter, all the while thinking what a nice free ride we are going on. It so sad to watch - but little can be done to stop it.
Steve October 02, 2012 at 04:21 AM
The reverend Wright was right when he said "Americas chickens have come home to roost"... in the form of one Barack Hussien Obama! Becoming a nation of fools comes with a very high price!
Sahara October 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
"The sky is falling" theory somehow doesn't go with "This is the Greatest Country in the World." espousal. Now let's get down to the real truth and not opinion or propaganda and vote out all those who are so married to their beliefs it obscures any true production. Sharing the load has always worked in this country and we are not about leaving half the country behind because they aren't the same as you or won't believe as you do.

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