Yes, we are definitely better off than four years ago. When President Obama took office, we were losing nearly a million jobs per month.Total economic collapse was a real possibility; that was averted. Now we've had over two years of continuous job growth. For the first time in decades, manufacturing jobs are increasing, led by the rescue of the auto industry. Helped by tax relief, the middle class is beginning to strengthen. Housing starts are increasing. Unemployment is decreasing. Health care is available to many more people.
All this has been achieved despite the most obstructionist Congress in history. Senate Republicans have enforced hundreds of filibusters, more than double than ever before. If the president's jobs program had been passed, the economy would be even stronger. Republicans just blocked increased aid to veterans.
The GOP continues to advocate the same policies that led to economic disaster: tax cuts for the wealthy, unregulated corporations, military spending increasing way beyond reasonable needs, while cutting public infrastructure, services and education.
Mitt Romney as businessman was mainly succussful in amassing wealth for himself. Jobs created are more likely to be overseas than at home, and low paying in either case. He refuses to fully reveal his tax returns, invests wealth overseas, evades taxes, and is disdainful of the 47 percent, saying they don't take responsibility for their lives.
Romney as candidate has changed positions so often that one has to guess his true beliefs. All we know for sure is this ticket will do whatever it takes to further their own political advantage, so as to promote the corporate interests of the big money that is financing them.
I believe a Romney/Ryan presidency will greatly increase the already historic gap between the rich and everyone else, while worsening our natural environment, and turning back the clock on many social justice issues. A second term for Obama/Biden will do just the opposite.
Additionally, for a true moderate in the Senate, choose Kaine, and for independent thinking in the House, choose Schmookler.
Eric Olson, Front Royal