Are we better off than four years ago?

I don’t understand why the Democrats have such a difficult time answering the question, “Are you better off then you were four years ago?” It’s easy, the answer is yes.

On Sunday, 60 minutes did a feature on the CEO of Fiat/Chrysler and that story indicated that if Chrysler had gone under, the auto industry and its supply chain would have lost 300,000 jobs.

300,000!

How can you look at the auto industry today and say they are not better off now than four years ago?

And then there is banking. Have we forgotten so quickly how 4 years ago, the Bush Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill was on his knees begging Nancy Pelosi to pass the banking bail out bill and “save the world”. 

Banking is back to making profits as usual and the US banks are stable. They still endanger the system because they managed to water down Dodd-Frank, but they are better off now than 4 years ago.

What about Housing? Sales are up. Construction is up. There are still pockets of deep recession like Nevada, but overall home prices are increasing and Minneapolis-St. Paul is near the top for increases. Mortgages still has issues because the banks refuse to help, but still, we are better off than 4 years ago.

Jobs are slow in coming back…but during the Bush years we lost jobs every month. Now, we have 29 consecutive months of job growth. Not robust, but its there. It would be much better if the GOP would have allowed Obama’s attempts to move block grants to states to save teaching jobs, policemen and firemen, but the GOP House has stopped it every time. 

Under each GOP President involved in a recession, they increased public sector jobs to move out of the recession. Obama is the only President (the ONLY one) who has lost public sector jobs during a recession. Without GOP obstruction, Obama could have increased those jobs (like all of his GOP predecessors) and, as a recent study indicates, unemployment would be at 7.3 instead of 8.3.

But jobs are still growing and that makes us far better off than we were 4 years ago.

The United States is currently an economic oasis in a world wide slowdown. Europe copes with a recession and China looks for stimulus. We ARE recovering.

As Republicans continue their doom and gloom descriptions while describing themselves as the party of Ronald Reagan optimism, the Democrats need to simply tell the truth.

Certainly, we are not where we want to be, but the question of “Are we better off” is not a trick question. The answer is a resounding Yes and can be declared without hesitancy.

Obama chose “Forward” as the campaign slogan. It is a good choice because the GOP wants us to only look backward. And not only to look back, but to go back and take up those same policies that brought us to the brink of collapse four years ago.

We are most certainly better off now than 4 years ago and if the President is re-elected, that question will not even be asked 4 years down the road, because America will have moved forward in every sense of the word.

This post was written David Mindeman and originally published on mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog. Follow Dave on Twitter: @newtbuster.

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