4 years ago

United States
September 18, 2012 11:05pm CST
Are you better off now, than what you were 4 years ago? I don't believe anyone could say that they are better. When you look at the unemployed, the people who are getting assistance, the losses of many of our freedoms, the way that our soldiers and veterans are being treated,but mainly how we have become socialized even to the point of communism. Any thoughts on how things have changed either to the good or the bad in the last 4 years.
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@crossbones27 (18509)
• Redlands, California
19 Sep 12
Ya, we are not free falling off a cliff no more. We may be stuck going from ledge to to ledge to get back on solid ground but I would rather have that than what was going on in 2008. You have to give it more time. It is a lot easier to tear things down than to build them back up again.
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• United States
19 Sep 12
Actually, we are about to go over the cliff again, in 2013...
• United States
19 Sep 12
Cross, people in this country get mad because they say our government lies to them. But, if the American people actually paid attention to what happened 4 years ago, they would know how much better off we are today. I kind think it would have been better for the public to know more, but the run on the banks would have made what happened during the great depression look like a normal day. You would have seen BILLIONS moving from one bank to another with no one knowing which bank is safe. But, the American people didn't really know, and now they think that it is worse today. To bad we can't force people to pay attention!!!
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• Redlands, California
21 Sep 12
I think we should start making all schools from grade school to college watch the news and talk about the stories of each day for a hour. We may not be able to get adults to pay attention but maybe we could get ours countries youth to start paying attention. Besides these are the people who are actually going to have to live in this country. So we might actually try to start teaching our kids what some of our inept leaders are doing to this country private and public.
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@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
I can say that I am better now, I've learned a lot from my mistakes and I take extra precaution when it comes to decision making. Although right now I am still under going through the consequences of my previous action, I can say that I am really better now because life changes the way we like ourselves to change although not exactly the way we want it but with positive thinking towards, life is more becoming easier and better... Have a nice day!!!
@aejey322 (1006)
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
4 years ago I was still single. I got married 3 years ago. Well, I can say I am better off with finances then because I still have no much responsibilities. :) But I am much better today because I am blessed with two cute and smart babies.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
19 Sep 12
You are bpessed. They look so healthy and beautiful
@aejey322 (1006)
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
thank you cynthiann. and i'm proud to say that they are smart too.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Sep 12
4 years is a long time. In this time, I lost my house, collected a little unemployment. Now I am doing better due to my own actions. But I have seen alot of people lose their jobs, lose their homes and lose their families. I have seen a lot of people die, move away. I bartend in a local working class type of bar. I know a lot of people. I see alot of people that live here (Colorado) on the weekends and drive to north dakota during the week to work. Some just drive to northern Wyoming. Sure was nice when they could just travel 10 miles to work.....but hey, at least now they are working. But still alot of people out of work and no home.
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
Four years ago, I was 19, just starting to enjoy earning my own money, going to places and meeting people from all sorts of life. I was still single though at that time I had a steady date. Now, I am more matured ( i guess so) and I am a proud mom to my 20 month old baby boy! The steady date I had 4 years ago is now my partner and the dad of my baby. Indeed, a lot has changed since then and I am grateful for all the experiences I had for it has made me a better and more responsible person now.
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• United States
19 Sep 12
I really don't think that the average American knows how bad it really was 4 years ago. I don't think the average American knows how bad it was 2 years ago. We live in a NOW society, where the ONLY thing that matters is right NOW. Do you realize how close the country came to complete economic collapse 4 years ago? Do you understand that EVERY major bank had to take money from the government so YOU didn't know which ones needed it? Do you know that if AIG went under, the ENTIRE mortgage industry would have collapsed? The unemployment rate is .05 higher than when Obama took office. What freedoms have we lost under Obama? I know many soldiers, and they aren't complaining about how they are treated. This country has ALWAYS had some socialized programs. I agree that they are getting greater, but that hasn't just happened under Obama, it started well before him. I am personally doing better, and the industry that I work in is doing better than four years ago. I understand that many on here don't deal with businesses, or in some cases the outside world, but it is night and day difference between 4 years ago. Just ask someone who owns a business!!!
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@BarBaraPrz (19329)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Sep 12
Living here in socialist Canada, I AM better off today than I was 4 years ago. Then, I was living on less than $500 a month from welfare. Now that I'm on disability, I get almost double the amount. But you probably don't want to hear that.
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
19 Sep 12
And the rising cost of everything from gas to groceries it's so hard to try to get a handle on everything...I don't know what the answer is...I think if politicians thought more about working together and less about parties we might have some progress.
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@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
19 Sep 12
This particular question is going to be answered different ways by different people, as you know. People see things differently, depending on who you are and where you came from. Even though I, as an individual, am better off than I was 4 years ago, that does not mean that the United States as a whole is better off.
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• India
20 Sep 12
Hi friend, i don't find a great change in my life in this four year, my second son born 2 years before and i improved my business a little bit and living with my family members a happy and satisfied life
• Indonesia
20 Sep 12
I won't regret the past, so I would say I'm better than 4 years ago. may be I had missed several thing in the past, but I'm happy with what I've done right now and who I am...
• China
20 Sep 12
Four years ago,I went to college.Now,I graduated and got a nice job.Sum up,I am satisfied for the past four years.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Sep 12
I am a Canadian and I noticed how bad things were a year or so ago when people were telling how high the costs of groceries were becoming due to the corn being converted to ethanol. I did not blame it on the banks as some here do, but on the government going for green energy an discouraging coal and oil production. When my late husband and I went on our trip through the States back in 2007 I saw many corn fields in Ohio being used for fuel rather for food and I said that things are getting worse. WEll they did and the people in America elected Obama. Bush did one stimulus under extreme pressure, but Obama was all too willing to do two stimuli. When a president is too eager to throw all your money away, then the economy will naturally go down and many people will lose their homes and jobs. Now this has happened.
@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
My life is far better four years ago than now. Well, I am not going into details but everyday I struggle to survive these days and pray that this kind of situation won't be for long. I would always tell myself that there is no constant thing in this world and everything will soon change including my present situation.
• United States
20 Sep 12
I am not much better off now than I was four years ago. Actually things have gotten worse. Randy has been out of work since last September and still cannot find work. He is now on disability and it still does not pay enough. We had owned our home until last October and ended up moving in with my parents until last month when we were able to rent a trailer. We do have the option of buying the trailer if we live here for five years and we are working towards this goal. We talked to his case worker and was told that if I do look for work I cannot make more than 32,000 a year then they will tax his social security. I live in an expensive state and cannot afford to not work much longer. I am in college obtaining my second Master's Degree and once I finish that I am hoping that I can find a job so I can pay off my student loans. I make a little money online and am hoping that I can increase my online earnings by selling my crafts.
@adforme (2116)
20 Sep 12
I would say that there is a lot to still be done. It is just a question of who will be the next one to try. I don't think the answers are all in politics. People need to understand that no matter who runs the country we run our lives. I have ridden these waves of presidents and administrations for years. I would say that I am in my same position. I just don't want anything taken away from me.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
20 Sep 12
I am not better off than four years in any respect. And the problem is that the massive spending and increase in the National debt have made it certain that the future will not be any better. Taxes are going up for everyone because of Obamacare and we have lost some freedoms due to another huge increase in government. As with any giant government program there will be many cheaters and a lot of fraud. The people who will suffer the most from all this spending and increase in national debt are the middle class, the group that Obama is lying to in order to get their votes.
@eagletrek2 (5148)
• Kingston, New York
20 Sep 12
Yes I'm better off today Then 4 year ago I got a part time job Compare to no job Bill get paid I have friends husband and Wife who both had to Go for chemo at different Times if was not for Obama care There insurance would been cancel This country was in bad shape 2008 And it will take more then 4 years To fix it. Obama get my vote
@GemmaR (8526)
19 Sep 12
I was in college four years ago and still dependant on my parents, so I was much better off then. My Mum and Dad both had a good job, and we lived in a nice happy house. Now, we still live in the same house but I am no longer a student and Dad has lost his job thanks to the economy, so I can't say that life is still as good as it might have been back then. But the good thing is that we are quite happy because it has just made us realise that the most important thing in life isn't money but family, and as long as we have each other then there is nothing that the world is going to be able to do that would harm us.
• United States
19 Sep 12
All I can say is... Romney for President! Let's get rid of that amateur in the white house.