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So here's the really important question.....

  1. JSChams profile image60
    JSChamsposted 6 years ago

    Do you feel you are really better off than you were four years ago?
    And why.

    1. Paul Wingert profile image76
      Paul Wingertposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, my online business sales have steady climbed since 2008.

  2. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 6 years ago

    Oh, much better off.  The "root of all evil" has, for the most part, left my life. sad

  3. JSChams profile image60
    JSChamsposted 6 years ago

    Does that mean you are borke?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I eat, I have a roof over my head, but other than that, yes I am pretty much "borke".  HP helps, though.

      On the other hand, I also still have my lovely wife with me and my kids and 6 grandkids nearby.  I travel this weekend to visit my mother and sister and reservations were made yesterday to meet another two this summer.  I am, truly, rich in what counts and what I value.

  4. lovemychris profile image66
    lovemychrisposted 6 years ago

    Much better off. My daughter's are safer, and the country is showing some of the values I hold, versus feeling like I don't belong here.

  5. profile image0
    Peelander Gallyposted 6 years ago

    Yes. I wouldn't have foreseen losing my childhood home to the housing bust, but things are much better than they were. There are many more available jobs in my city, there's much less general panic and doom prophesying, and now I've got a couple of degrees under my belt and no longer have to worry about paying outrageously increasing tuition.

  6. Evan G Rogers profile image77
    Evan G Rogersposted 6 years ago

    If you think that the president has any real power over your personal "feeling of better off-ness", then you deserve to be fooled by him.

  7. Eric Newland profile image61
    Eric Newlandposted 6 years ago

    My healthcare costs have gone up by multiple thousands of dollars a year since 2010 (as a combination of massive premium increases partially contributed to by the "Affordable" Health Care Act and subsequently having to downgrade to a high-deductible plan), my employer almost went under thanks to the continuing resolutions last year, and if my daughter ever needs a second heart surgery I'll probably have to look overseas to find a competent doctor and skip the inevitable death row waiting lists that will start in a few years.

    So no, at least as far as the current administration helping me goes.

    As for helping myself I'm doing a bit better than four years ago. With time it might get to be enough to counter all the setbacks.

    1. lovemychris profile image66
      lovemychrisposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What state do you live in?

      1. John Holden profile image60
        John Holdenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        A state of perpetual gloom by the sounds of it!

 
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