Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Election 2012Leave a Comment

I hate this election question, generally speaking. 

However, I'm surprised that the Republicans think they can win by asking this question.  Sure, for SOME people, things are worse.  But GENERALLY SPEAKING, things are better now than they were before Obama took office.  That's objectively true.

Let's look at the headlines from September 2008:

STOCK SHOCK FELT ROUND THE WORLD. Gets ‘nasty’ as Lehman tanks, Merrill vanishes, AIG wobbles [New York Daily News, September 16, 2008]

Depression Coming? Boil Some Beans; Ladies Who Quilt Give Tips On Surviving Tough Times [Albuquerque Journal, September 21, 2008]

One day on the brink On Wednesday, it seemed U.S. economy might collapse[St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 2008]

‘Great Depression’ closer than U.S. admits, report finds [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2008]

Will Bush become the new Hoover? [Politico, September 19, 2008]

Developers bend under housing meltdown [Colorado Springs Gazette, September 27, 2008]

Depression seen possible [Florida News-Press, September 27, 2008]

Wall Street Meltdown Continues [CNN, September 17, 2008]

Is It Really the Next ‘Great Depression’? [NPR, September 19, 2008]

Behind Closed Doors, Warnings of Calamity [The New York Times, September 20, 2008]

Source: THink Progress

Now, sure…. things can always get better.  But if you think that the nation as a whole is WORSE off than it was four years ago, you have the memory of a moth.