Are You Better Off
The rhetorical question that the Republicans are asking, they really do not want a true answer. No. They want everyone to to think that the country is worse off today than it was four years ago just before the 2008 election.
Here is a transcript of part of a speech President Bush gave from the White House on 24 Sep 2008
“This is an extraordinary period for America’s economy. Over the past few weeks, many Americans have felt anxiety about their finances and their future. I understand their worry and their frustration. We’ve seen triple digit swings in the stock market. Major financial institutions have teetered on the edge of collapse and some have failed.
As uncertainty has grown, many banks have restricted their lending. Credit markets have frozen and families and businesses have found it harder to borrow money.
We are in the midst of a serious financial crisis.”
Then just a month before the election, on 7 Oct 2008, President Bush said this
“Families are squeezed by the high price of gasoline, feeling the pinch of food prices and monthly mortgage payments, workers are anxious about whether their paychecks will stretch and some workers are anxious about whether or not they are going to keep their jobs.
If you were one of those workers who did not keep their job and are among the long term unemployed, my heart goes out to to you. Mrs. Chief’s and my son and his family has been struggling through the very same circumstances. They lived with us for a long time.
But for most of us, the question, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago” can be answered with a resounding “Y. E. S.”
The country and it’s financial system is no longer “teetering on the edge of collapse.”
I spoke to Obstructionism here. I still cannot find a reason to reward repeated efforts to harm the country for partisan gain.