“Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?” Ronald Reagan asked this question in his final statement during the 1980 debate with incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Governor Mitt Romney recently asked a similar question regarding incumbent, Barack Obama. It is the most critical and fundamental issue of the 2012 campaign.
In his “A Better America Begins Tonight” in Manchester, New Hampshire last April, presumptive Republican nominee Gov. Romney discussed the state of affairs under the Obama administration and referenced Pres. Reagan’s 1980 remarks in his victory speech:
“Four years ago, Obama “dazzled us” with sweeping promises of “hope and change,” Romney said. “ But after we came down to earth, after all the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?
“Is it easier to make ends meet?” he said, in a riff on presidential candidate Ronald Reagan’s famous query in 1980, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
We’ve had three and a half years of an Obama presidency on which to base, not only opinions, but to take the next logical step and ask “is there any foreseeable relief on the horizon? Can we expect anything different in the next four years than we did during the first term?”
This president’s first term in office belongs to him – and only him. Mr. Obama can try to blame another, consecutive dismal jobs report on former President George W. Bush, the ‘Arab Spring,’ Japan’s earthquake, ATM machines and our own ‘laziness’ to explain a stubborn 8.2% unemployment rate (which does not include the chronically-unemployed. That figure would increase, or almost double, the true unemployment numbers, by some experts’ opinions), the largest deficit in U.S. history, policy failures, administrative scandals, loss of our AAA credit rating and so much more.
Consider, carefully, this quote by Spanish philosopher, George Santayana:
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Can we risk a repetition of the past three and a half years? Can we speculate what a president, with no fear of an upcoming re-election campaign, might do with his legislative freedom in those four years? Unless Republicans win majorities in the House and the Senate, Barack Obama will be the proverbial ‘kid in a candy store,’ free to indulge his ideologies, as well as his golf addiction and love of vacation travel.
The excuses and the shifting blame-games aside, we must soberly ask ourselves this question, as Ronald Reagan asked us in 1980: are we better off than we were (almost) four years ago? If not, is there anything that we’ve seen from this president and administration that gives us hope? Hope for economic and domestic security? Hope for jobs and affordable food and gas? Hope for the restoration of our good credit and reputation in the world?
Pres. Bush isn’t to blame for all or even most of our economic troubles. Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi took over the Senate and the House, respectively, in 2007 and proceeded to pass bill after bill, often bypassing the Oval Office. They continued their ‘open wallet’ approach to politics until the American people went to their voting precincts in November 2010 and gave Mr. Obama, Sen. Reid and (now former) Speaker Pelosi a “shellacking,” as Mr. Obama famously termed the walloping rejection of his policies at the polls. Across America, Democrats found themselves ‘pink-slipped’ by We the People, in all levels of national and state government.
Let’s pause a moment and reflect on the past four years. What has Barack Obama done for America?
Mr. Obama has driven us into a debt so deep that this generation will not live to see the resolution (if there is one) of its consequences.
Mr. Obama forced Obamacare on an unappreciative nation. One wonders what kind of strategic thinking went into ‘create a new (unwanted by a majority of Americans) bureaucracy, apply pressure on the Democrat majorities to pass the law – even if no one has a chance to read it. Next, put the IRS in charge of managing it.’
Conservatively, experts predicted that Obamacare would consume one-sixth of the gross national product. New data puts that figure much higher. Oh, yes – do all of this during a deep recession while borrowing money from the Chinese to stay afloat. Personally, I fail to see the brilliance in this plan.
Bottom line: the forecast for another four years – not good. Is there anyone (besides Obama sycophants) who sincerely believes that Mr. Obama will do anything different or has a dramatic, innovative plan to change our bleak – and even desperate – situation?
Republicans are answering America’s ‘SOS’ – Governor Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is a successful businessman, former governor of Massachusetts and president/ CEO, Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002. (He accepted no salary as governor or as president of the Salt Lake Olympic Games committee.)
What does Mitt Romney want to do for America? The following is from his website (where you will also find information about his positions on numerous issues), www.MittRomney.com:
“Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. His plan seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.”
In Mitt Romney, we have a man of good character, as well as a skilled, talented businessman who rescued failing businesses (among them, Staples, Dominos, and Sports Authority, as well as the SLC Winter Olympics) and put them on the path to prosperity. Even former President Bill Clinton lauds Gov. Romney’s “sterling business career.”
Despite the Obama campaign’s latest attempts to sour Americans on the GOP nominee by “lemon-picking” Gov. Romney’s experience at Bain Capital and making other spurious accusations, Gov. Romney stands by his record of honest labor, charitable efforts and unassailable leadership, in public and private life.
Compare Gov. Romney’s careers and accomplishment with Mr. Obama’s and you’ll find striking contrasts.
While enumerating and describing all the failures, missteps, scandals and lawsuits of Obama administration may fill books, let’s focus on the most important question Americans may ever be asked to answer on November 6th:
Do you believe America will be better off during another four-year term with Mr. Obama?
On November 6, 2012, America, vote with your conscience…
Governor Ronald Reagan, 1980:
“Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?”
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