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Updated on September 4, 2012

... but will Americans find that out?

Excuses, excuses, excuses, are what the Republicans are searching for to say that the country is worse off now than four years ago; and they have the media to help them do so, that the GDP is at its lowest, family or household income has suffered a loss of 0.3%, unemployment is at 8.3%, and on and on.

When one asks a stupid question like "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?", what comes to mind of the average person are the bad things first, like food and gas prices going up, rent and living expenses are all rising, but historically, and in actuality, they never stay the same, even in any given year or two years, let alone in four.

However, since Ronald Reagan used that phrase in 1980 to win the election over Jimmy Carter, political parties and candidates have adopted it (phrase) to defeat an incumbent president.

The Republicans are doing so now with President Barack Obama, but many people are doubting that they are going to succeed, because they are hinting only on the things that are not faring well in society and deliberately forgetting about any kind of achievement during the past four years.

If that is not disingenuous, nothing can be farther from the truth; and what makes it more outrageous is that the U.S. stock market indexes, the Dow Jones Average, NASDAQ, S&P 500, etc., are all climbing and doing pretty well in these last four years. They are the benchmark of economic progress or growth.

Yet, that does not occur to the Obama critics to mention in their analysis of how things are going, generally and financially, in the country.

In fact, unemployment is up, but new private sector jobs are being created in the past 30 months continually, except for April and/or May of 2012.

Jeb Bush has said in his speech at the Republican Party convention that his brother, former president George W. Bush, has kept America safe after the 9/11 attacks; but so has Obama, up till now.

Besides, Osama bin Laden, the architect of those attacks (9/11), is no more to master mind any such deadly attacks again. The war in Iraq is ended and thousands of soldiers are coming back home to their families, and the conflict in Afghanistan is being carefully taken care of for it to come to a close in 2014.

The Arab Spring has been handled very well militarily, and Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, all have new governments; with millions of Libyans being freed from the iron fist rule of a ruthless dictator, Muammar Gadhafi; and many more of such accomplishments have come about during Obama's first term.

The country, as the president insists, is not out of the woods yet, as far as its economy is concerned; but he is on the verge of getting it back on track.

It is obvious that he has inherited a bad one (economy), with 400,000 or more jobs being lost each month, from 2008 into 2009, but the numbers now, of new private sector jobs, are on the plus side, and gradually things will get back to normal again.

So, to ask the question, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" is rather preposterous, because, as Vice-president Joe Biden puts it, "America is better off today than they left us when they left," and offering an appropriate campaign line, that America is better off, in the sense that, "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!".

Romney and Ryan are in a bind to come up with their own slogan for their campaign to oust Obama and Biden. They will be better off than to borrow one from the past. Why? Because, that slogan is practically overused, and so it will not work this time around.

"Promising his traditional conservative policies will restore America's greatness, Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination." an article says in the media.

However, America's influence in the world has never stopped growing. America is already great, and it will continue to be so for a very long time to come; even long after Romney and Ryan are gone.


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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Intelligently presented hub. Voted up!


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