US voters asked 'are you better off than 4 years ago?' By Andrew Beatty | AFP â 4 hrs ago 'Are you better off?': No, gaffes Democrat senator as Obama heads to DNC with 23 million Americans unemployed, a shrinking middle class and a $16 trillion debt President Barack Obama begins the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on the defensive as his aides struggle to answer the question that Ronald Reagan posed in 1980: âAre you better off now than you were four years ago?â On Sunday, Governor Martin OâMalley of Maryland, a top Obama ally, responded on CBS: âNo, but thatâs not the question of this election. Without a doubt, we are not as well-off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses.â David Plouffe, a senior Obama adviser, repeatedly refused to answer, responding on ABC News: âI think the American people understand that we got into a terrible economic situation, a recession - the Great Depression is the only one the country has ever seen like it.â When host George Stephanopoulos told him, âYou still can't say yes,â he dodged: âWell, we clearly improved, George, from the depth of the recession. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month. We're now gaining them.â On Fox News, David Axelrod, Obamaâs chief strategist, also declined to answer, saying: âHere's what I can sayâ¦We are in a better position than we were in the economy in the sense that when the president took office, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, and the quarter before he took office was the worst since the Great Depression. âWe are [now] in a different place: 29 straight months of job growth and private sector jobs. Are we where we need to be? No.â http://news.yahoo.com/us-voters-asked-better-off-4-years-ago-185714069.html and so the crux of the matter finally reveals itself. No I am definitely not better off and neither are the majority of the American people.