Iowa continues to be a frequent campaign stop for both parties as Paul Ryan visited Adel yesterday as part of his two day visit, which comes just days before another visit by President Obama and Vice President Biden and their wives.
Ryan spent much of his time Adel on the economy and continued with an emerging theme for the Republicans of pulling out the famous Reagan question of "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
In Adel the crowd of roughly 750 supporters responded with a resounding "No!" (obviously the desired response) but it does make me think about the inherent risk of asking that questions, because there are people out there, people like me, for whom the answer is a resounding "You bet I am".
My family hasn't been without struggles in the last four years. We owned a home in Arizona that lost over 55% of its value from 2006 to 2008 when the housing market that got wildly overheated during the Bush years finally had its inevitable crash. But aside from the house, we are better. My salary is higher than it has ever been, allowing my husband to stay home with our kids. My son will attend a free, state funded, preschool program starting this week that will be a great fit for him. We've had the privilege of seeing several loving, long-term gay couples that we care about have the opportunity to get married. I know of people whose lives and finances are much better off thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
In some ways I think the election reveals the worst in us as a country (as anyone who is on Facebook can attest. We all seem to have some friend or relative claiming on or other of the candidates is an evil America hater) but I'm glad Ryan is asking the "Are you better off?" question to remind so many of us that the answer is "YES".
Do you feel like your family is better off that you were four years ago?