Are you better off now or then question

@gewcew23 (8012)
United States
April 28, 2011 4:14pm CST
The question are you better off now or then is usually ask to judge the success or failure of current political leader in comparison to past political leader. The idea goes that is you life is better off during the time period that one president, prime ministry, what have you, was in charge opposed to a previous leader then the current leader must have had something to do with the results of your better life. The same thing could be written about the reversal of fortunes, but does it really have anything to do with current and past political leadership? Granted if you were a dealer of widgets and someone outlawed the sell of widgets you have a legitimate case, but for the most part your successes and failures are the bi-product of your actions. I can safely say that my life is much better now than it was five years ago. Was this turn of fortunes the result of better leadership of the current President opposed to the former, I think not. I think the reason that my life is better now than then is because I have become better at living my life. Leaders and their policies come and go, it is up to you to make the best of the situation.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
29 Apr 11
I mostly agree with you, we are in charge of our lives and we are the ones that determine our success or failure. But my life really has become worse in the past 2 years due to our president's policies. The family business isn't going well because of government cutbacks (which will cost the gov't more since it's not maintaining its buildings properly) and gas prices are affecting my grocery bill, my visits to my dad and stepmom, my garbage pickup and everything else because, in part, our prez won't allow us to use our natural resources of oil and natural gas. Usually, our lives are in our hands and we are responsible for our success or failure. But when we have a leader that deals in extremes I think everyone is affected and usually for the worse.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
28 Apr 11
I think so in alot of ways too. We make what our life is. We have to take the good with the bad and make things work for the best for ourselves.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
28 Apr 11
This is one of those rare moments where I totally agree with you. We make our own lot in life. The actions of the government and various politicians may affect us in a positive or negative way, but in the end, we need to take responsibility for ourselves. I've consistently improved myself in life and have almost always been able to say I was doing better than 5/10/ whatever years ago. Last year was a bit of a rebuilding year for me when I had to take a job I was overqualified for after leaving Miami due to the layoffs there. Sure, I could blame the Mayor Carlos Alvarez. He's a crooked scumbag who laid off over 1,000 employees while giving his cronies retroactive raises ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. Doing that however wouldn't make my life better. I moved to a place where I felt I could do better and I did. So I was unemployed for a few months and underemployed for a year after that. I just got a promotion which I start next week so all is good now. I'm certainly not blaming or crediting Bush, Obama, or any other politician with anything that I've accomplished. Sadly, personal responsibility is quickly becoming a thing of the past in this country.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
30 Apr 11
You are a perfect example of what I am talking about, bettering your life on your own not waiting for someone to do it for you.
@KrauseHome (33259)
• United States
29 Apr 11
Well, like you have already expressed here, the thoughts on if we are better off now than we were then, really depends on what you have allowed yourself and your life to transpire into, and if you have learned to take control over continuously wanting to blame everything on someone else. There is no President, or person on this Earth other than the help of God along with yourself that you can Blame for things being Good or Bad right now. If you are finding yourself unemployed, etc. it is up to you to change it. Might just take a career move or change you've never wanted to ever encounter before.