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Ryan to Iowa: "Are You Better Off?"

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?

by on Sep. 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (11-16):
iluv2read
by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

 I'm better off because of a job change, but I think we'd be a lot better off if fuel and grocery costs stopped climbing.

 
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joey125
by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Somewhat better for us,  I retired a few years ago and now on Medicare and have a supplemental as well so our health insurance premium decreased a little, at least it didn't go up .  We had retirement accounts in the stock market and they have improved , we also bought a condo a Florida and love it.  I am very grateful that we were able to do these things, however I am saddened to see so many people under water in their homes, and not being able to find a job, or find a job with little pay and no benefits    I feel we are as a nation getting better not worse, unfortunately taking more time that anyone would like.

celestegood
by Representative on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

 Gas and food prices are an issue for our family too.  I'm thankful for all we have though.

Quoting LancesMom:

A little better, but with gas and food prices on the rise and cost of living, we are still pay check to pay check and hate it!

But at least we are working again!

 

celestegood
by Representative on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I'm happy you were able to retire. What do you think is taking our country so long to recover?

Quoting joey125:

Somewhat better for us,  I retired a few years ago and now on Medicare and have a supplemental as well so our health insurance premium decreased a little, at least it didn't go up .  We had retirement accounts in the stock market and they have improved , we also bought a condo a Florida and love it.  I am very grateful that we were able to do these things, however I am saddened to see so many people under water in their homes, and not being able to find a job, or find a job with little pay and no benefits    I feel we are as a nation getting better not worse, unfortunately taking more time that anyone would like.

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celestegood
by Representative on Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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We are better now than four years ago. My hubby has a better job, we have an awesome house, and things are wonderful now.
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joey125
by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I think there are many reasons  Global markets for one, our manufacturing jobs have gone overseas, companies are able to pay those employees much less than American employees.  Congress not acting on the jobs bill, sometimes I think the government needs to step in to boost the economy , we need roads and bridges built, schools should be improved..  People who want to stay in their home rather than foreclose could be helped by the bank  by    restructuring their mortgage.  Education also, we have more technical jobs available here but people are not qualified to fill them.  I still feel positive about our country though, I think we can recover from this mess it will just take time.  Unfortunately for some I agree  But when I hear the republicans want to cut aid to our most vulnerable citizens its saddens me.  

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