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(CNN)   Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says Americans are not better off four years later - and he should know, he's a Democrat   (cnn.com) divider line 21
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2012-09-03 12:19:51 PM
9 votes:
Americans aren't better off than they were four years ago.

If your house burned down, and after four years of trying to rebuild, you only have a partially standing house because half of your team of hired construction workers kept ripping out the nails from the support beams to spite the other half and the foreman, then you'd have a tough time saying "Yes" to that question.
2012-09-03 12:36:13 PM
4 votes:
Sorry for the long post:

Are we better off than we were 4 years ago? Here's what President Obama has done in the last 4 years originally from here):

1. Saved the banks
2. Brought the stock market from 6,500K to 13,000K
3. Saved GM
4. Repealed DADT
5. Ordered a Mini Dream Act
6. Created 4.3 million jobs
7. 27- straight months of private-sector job growth
8. Passed Healthcare
9. Ended the war in Iraq
10. Drawing down from Afghanistan
11. Doubled the Number of Border Security Agents
12. Appointed First Hispanic Justice
13. Restored America's Standing in the world
14. Dealt effectively with the BP Oil Spill
15. Dealt effectively with the Pirate Crisis
16. Dealt effectively with H1N1
17. Kept America Safe
18. Passed Financial Reform
19. Passed a Credit-Card Bill of Rights
20. Passed Equal Pay for Women
21. Nearly Wiped out Al Qaeda
22. Killed OBL
23. Added Eight-yeas of solvency to Medicare
24. Quit smoking
25. And got a dog

P.S. On a personal note: I also quit smoking and we got Sam dog. Also I got a PhD. So, yeah, we're a lot better off than under Bush.
2012-09-03 03:04:59 PM
3 votes:
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2012-09-03 12:23:48 PM
3 votes:
This is why it doesn't pay to actually give an adult answer to a question if you're a politician in America. He's clearly making a point that is in favor of the president, but, of course, the Republicans are distorting what he said for their own advantage, and the media is abetting them.
2012-09-03 12:23:06 PM
2 votes:
The question is bullshiat. Why not ask "are you better off than about March 2009 when the economy and unemployment were at their shiattiest?" The answer, despite some "Not so Cool Story, Bro"s, should be yes.
2012-09-03 12:17:53 PM
2 votes:
The thing is, he's telling the truth. Obama took over on a severe downward slide in the economy, and it took a solid year to simply stop the bleeding. We're not quite back to pre-recession levels yet.

With that being said, Dems probably should have a more politically palatable answer to this question. :)
2012-09-03 05:57:01 PM
1 votes:

Ishkur: Bush injured America.

Obama has stopped the bleeding.

But the Republicans won't let the wound heal.


You call that stopping the bleeding? If we rub some salt in it, then we'll get some REAL results!
2012-09-03 04:18:55 PM
1 votes:
Marty seems anxious to take on Andrew Cuomo and Hillary Clinton for the DNC nomination in 2016.
2012-09-03 04:00:05 PM
1 votes:
2012-09-03 03:25:52 PM
1 votes:
Bush injured America.

Obama has stopped the bleeding.

But the Republicans won't let the wound heal.
2012-09-03 01:21:00 PM
1 votes:

zetar: 6. Created 4.3 million jobs


So tell me how does that make sense?

Unemployment is higher now than when he took office (8.3 vs. 7.8)
More people have left the workforce since he left office.

Conclusion: he created over 4 million jobs.
2012-09-03 01:06:45 PM
1 votes:

zetar: Sorry for the long post:

Are we better off than we were 4 years ago? Here's what President Obama has done in the last 4 years originally from here):

1. Saved the banks
2. Brought the stock market from 6,500K to 13,000K
3. Saved GM
4. Repealed DADT
5. Ordered a Mini Dream Act
6. Created 4.3 million jobs
7. 27- straight months of private-sector job growth
8. Passed Healthcare
9. Ended the war in Iraq
10. Drawing down from Afghanistan
11. Doubled the Number of Border Security Agents
12. Appointed First Hispanic Justice
13. Restored America's Standing in the world
14. Dealt effectively with the BP Oil Spill
15. Dealt effectively with the Pirate Crisis
16. Dealt effectively with H1N1
17. Kept America Safe
18. Passed Financial Reform
19. Passed a Credit-Card Bill of Rights
20. Passed Equal Pay for Women
21. Nearly Wiped out Al Qaeda
22. Killed OBL
23. Added Eight-yeas of solvency to Medicare
24. Quit smoking
25. And got a dog

P.S. On a personal note: I also quit smoking and we got Sam dog. Also I got a PhD. So, yeah, we're a lot better off than under Bush.


Republican obstructionism:

1. Blocked the Anti-outsourcing bill (I put this as #1 -it is the root cause of the problem)
2. Blocked extending unemployment benefits to Americans who are out of work.
3. Blocked Small Business Jobs Act -because if you are unemployed and don't have any money -then how will you make a living.

All of this adds up to: REPUBLICANS INTENTIONALLY HARMING THE ECONOMY. No amount of claiming that "Obama is a communist" can fix what they did.
2012-09-03 12:56:03 PM
1 votes:
Well that depends on how you view better. During the Bush administration I got two poorly planned and executed wars, one of which was definitely unnecessary and religious nuts dictating foreign policy because of warrior Jesus coming back to slay the unbelievers. The bar was set at basically not trying to bring about the end of the world with idiotic wars. Although the bar may be set low, with Republicans praying for war with Iran I'd say we are better off with a Democrat in the white house.
2012-09-03 12:36:21 PM
1 votes:

Codenamechaz: then you'd have a tough time saying "Yes" to that question.


It's true. And now we get to hire a new construction company. We have two bids. One side submits a bid to complete the house. The other wants to burn down the partially built structure, piss into the ashes, and then let the boss of the construction company keep all the remaining money from the fire insurance while you live in a shack worthy of a West African shanty town.

Obviously the solution is the latter.
2012-09-03 12:34:29 PM
1 votes:

balloot: The thing is, he's telling the truth. Obama took over on a severe downward slide in the economy, and it took a solid year to simply stop the bleeding. We're not quite back to pre-recession levels yet.

With that being said, Dems probably should have a more politically palatable answer to this question. :)


Bingo. Came to say this. Unemployment rose for a year after Obama became president not because Obama caused it to go up but because the shiat was still hitting the fan from the Bush illegitimacy. However, speaking as someone who saw major layoffs in my company during and immediately after the initial impact of the financial crisis, I would have to say, yes, our business is better off than it was four year ago. For me personally, a wash, which given the severity of the current depression, is not all that terrible. The fault still firmly lies at the foot of the repub Party, which for some reason wanted this mess (they've certainly done everything in their power to prolong it), or at least expected to empty the till and get outta town while the rest of the country was looking elsewhere.
2012-09-03 12:24:00 PM
1 votes:

Animatronik: the things is... word salad


Please don't respond.
2012-09-03 12:23:31 PM
1 votes:

Animatronik: the thing is, the Democrats are living in FANTASYLAND.

You can't keep giving money back to your loyal voters when the country is deep in debt.
I'm watching the Governor of Montana (D) on TV talking about how we need to get back to "budget surpluses" so he can give some money back to hard working voters. Not pay down debt, give some more money to voters. Its not about Ds and Rs on this issue, but as far as I can tell the Ds are much worse.

If we keep electing people like this we will never pay down the debt and essentially younger generations will end up being wage slaves to older generations.


so vote for the guy that wants to eliminate capital gains taxes.
2012-09-03 12:23:13 PM
1 votes:

Animatronik: the thing is, the Democrats are living in FANTASYLAND.

You can't keep giving money back to your loyal voters when the country is deep in debt.
I'm watching the Governor of Montana (D) on TV talking about how we need to get back to "budget surpluses" so he can give some money back to hard working voters. Not pay down debt, give some more money to voters. Its not about Ds and Rs on this issue, but as far as I can tell the Ds are much worse.

If we keep electing people like this we will never pay down the debt and essentially younger generations will end up being wage slaves to older generations.


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2012-09-03 12:22:46 PM
1 votes:
My life has actually never been better.
2012-09-03 12:21:38 PM
1 votes:
4 years ago was September 3, 2008. The crash happened in October. I agree with him.
2012-09-03 12:15:37 PM
1 votes:
Congress has a lower approval rating than the president.
 
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