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SOUND OFF: Better Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The answer to this question around the country will have as much influence as any over who wins the U.S. presidency in November.

Exactly four years ago this month, the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy.

Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. The next day, the Federal Reserve announced a bailout of AIG. Bad news continued to pile up almost daily, with the stock market collapsing and millions of jobs vanishing.

Massachusetts's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent four years ago, spiked to 8.7 percent by the following October and is at 6.3 percent in the latest figures. That is below the national 8.1 percent unemployment rate. 

On this four-year anniversary, incumbent Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are nearing the home stretch of the Presidential election. No single factor will define such a complex process as selection of a president, though none may be greater than the simple question: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Share your views in the comment section below. 

Mr. Nibbles September 30, 2012 at 04:21 AM
We no longer have to worry about the sparkler pandemic, which should save thousands of Massachusetts lives. Everything else is just politics.
Ryan Seavey October 01, 2012 at 05:32 AM
what's everybody arguing over? Why pick sides? It's not like your vote matters. You don't get to pick who wins lol, the Average citizens votes don't matter, they don't DO ANYTHING. It doesn't matter who wins the popular vote...
* October 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Mitt Romney is trying to "change the very mindset" of many, many folks out there, who have fallen vicariously into becoming enabling members of Our Society, through many of The Governmental Programs which have been bestowed amongst us all, that has been out there in Our Society for many years now, and not in just the last eight years or so, either. The Democratic Party has truly over the years, created many Governmental Programs, which has made it so much easier for many of those who do not want to better help to themselves, after they've received assistance, and feel more than comfortable to actually stay in that mode of their chosen behaviors, because they have become quite comfortable enough to survive in that very process, and not ever to strive for a better everyday life as they move forward into their lives! I'm certain that many of you either know of, or know a few folks here and there, where this is exactly what they've been doing for quite some time now. Unfortunately, many who do choose to get into a comfortable mode of living habits/behaviors, and since many or very few, has ever been called to task on it for the most part, at least to better themselves, they just feel quite comfortable in staying that very way, with little to no inspiration to strive for a better way of life.
* October 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Certainly this is more than a "Food For Thought" moment, its been right there under all of our noses for many, many years now, as well. Its like the term that has been around for ages, where many are just like "Dead People Walking On Earth!" biding their time while their amongst us. Look around you, they are everywhere, too! Although, there are still millions of children & adults whom go to bed hungry,here in These United States of America, which is more than just a conundrum, its a darn right shame to say the least, for which none that we in this country should ever have let that happen in the first place at all! What I mean by that is, that we should have our elected officials from the cities & towns throughout, do what they were elected to do in the first place and ensure that it does not continue to go on period!!
* October 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
The minority does have the right to speak.

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