Are Americans Better Off After Obama’s First Term?
With presidential elections just around the corner one of the most hotly debated questions is whether Americans today are better off than they were four years ago.
Predictably enough, Obama is saying yes while Romney shouts no. Obama faces a delicate problem, if he points out that he inherited the economic crisis from the previous president then it may appear that he is avoiding responsibility.
On the other hand, if he only talks about the effectiveness of his policies then it could seem that he is insensitive to the millions of voters who are looking 8.3% unemployment, lower home values and uncertain futures.
According to Ferrel Guillory, a political expert from the University of North Carolina, Obama’s policies have prevented bigger problems in banking, the car industry and other sectors, but will not satisfy the concerns of many people.
On the other hand the Republican’s vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, argues that “Every president since the Great Depression who asked Americans to send them into a second term could say that you are better off today than you were four years ago except for Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama”
One thing is for sure, while there is no easy answer, it is an issue that won’t be ignored over the coming months.