Blue State Politics: Are You Better Off?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are asking constituents whether voters are better off now than they were four years ago. We want to know what Maryland thinks.


It’s a seemingly simple question being asked across the land by Democrats and Republicans alike: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

The answer is likely to have a big impact when people go to the polls in November for national and local elections.

It was a question that Ronald Reagan first asked to great effect in his debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980. (Check out the second clip in the accompanying YouTube video.)

Then, as now, the economy was struggling and a Democrat was seeking re-election.

We want to know what Maryland thinks. Are you better off than you were four years ago? What has changed to make your answer true for you? Let us know in the comments section.

John September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
>Steve, I am amazed you got that out of what I said. I would not vote for him if he was running unaposed. As Romney said there are 47% of you out there that will never change your mind. Keep your beliefs that is what makes this a great country and what will ultimately be it's downfall.
John September 19, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Frank - Because my answer doesn't agree with your beliefs doesn't make my wrong. I am lucky I am in my 50th year of employment and it will be my last as I retire in December. I will be drawing Social Security, and my military retirement which should put me in the 47% that doesn't pay taxes. I don't see how that is going to happen as my children are grown and their is only my wife and I. I fully expect to pay taxes both Federal and state, they just won't be to Maryland. By the way John is a common name, just ask the other John you have been arguing with this entire thread. have a great life and may this country take a turn for the better come November.
Angel September 19, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I did get the Death benefits because I applied for them & got them before he took office. They did however reduce the amount I was paid after obama took office. SS benefits are supposed to increase with the cost of living mine decreased even though the cost of living increased. I lived in PA for the last 10 years of my life and just moved Back to MD last year. Since then I have bettered my life, but I will say that the cost of living here is absolutely ridiculous, PA may be full of idiots and addicts but it is way cheaper to live there and way safer. I rented a 2 bedroom house in Hanover, PA and it cost $550 a month plus utilities.. You know what a 2 bedroom house here costs? about $1200 minimum plus utilities.. how are people supposed to live? I was forced to overcome my health issues to work again (not a bad thing) thank god I was ready to do it.. or I would be homeless!!!!
Steve September 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It's probably not going to take a real turn for the better until about the 6 month mark of President Obama's Second term. Then things will really take off.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Frank and You made me laugh, and Steve are perfect examples of the sick and twisted sociopaths who make up the party of liberalism these days. They have no thoughts of their own. Only the insults you find from 9 year old mentalities.
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
@Bill I am on your side. Can't you recognize your friends! When Romney said he could ignore 47% of the country I knew he was the man for me.
Marina September 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I am a Tax Professional (EA) dealing with small business and a very small investor of a 4 unit building (old house dived in small units back in 1960) in Annapolis. Here situation: My clients based has decreased - some small business have closed - some try to do in-house basic bookkeeping accounting work (good or bad they will prefer to save money now and deal with and audit -IF it happens- later). Downtown Shops in Annapolis - come to Main and Maryland Avenue- are closing, a few new ones may open (drinking holes) but many of the office or retail spaces are empty. Real Eastate - Annapolis Property Taxes are higher than DC. P T in DC includes trash (picked up twice a week, with BULK trash on demand for free up to 5 items). Annapolis house values decreased but the rates are increased, trash collection reduced and rate increased, water rates doubled. while the City gives permission to build new houses the market has the largest inventory (ever) so people either rent very low or foreclose. BTW the refeclosed properties in US has double. Someone mention LEAD in Annapolis if you are landlord is a NIGHTMARE- US unemployment is high - BTW how many people without job register ? - HIGHER than 4 years ago. Could the "other guy" have done better ... we don't know .. reality is that OBAMA (and you may like or not) was a product of the media. The majority of people who voted for him had no idea who he was before the media started chanting his vision for the future.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You should seek mental counselling. Your comments are not funny and only indicate you are a sick and twisted individual.
Terminator September 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Frank likes to talk about other men's underwear, hair color & style, tight facial skin, etc. If you think he is stalking you, I would run.
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@Bill it seems to me that you are not a real conservative. Are you telling me Romney should pay attention to 47% of the voters? Next you are going to say that corporations are not people. You and Frank should band together you liberals make no sense!
Steve September 19, 2012 at 03:38 PM
"Who are those people?" ~ Antoinette Romney
Brian C. September 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
There is work for the willing. They just have to be willing to retrained and take a pay cut from their overpaid previous job.
Steve September 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The Real Estate Industry is turning the corner. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/19/3010133/us-home-sales-jump-to-highest.html
Terminator September 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Frank, the hair plug question that you never answered.
B Allen September 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
@Maryellen, was this you who made this phone call and moved from Boca Raton because you were run out ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpCHvHWUAvw
Chris E September 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Frank why don't you give the whole picture instead of what you want everyone to believe.. The average gas price for July 2008 was $4.11. so yes it was more expensive than it is now it started climbing and in April of 2008 it was roughly $3.50 a gallon it peaked at $4.11 in July and we were at $1.99 a gallon by early October. and went down to $1.79 a gallon. We had about 2 months of gas prices being higher than now. How long have our gas prices been higher than $1.79? As for housing. The market hit is peak in the fall of 2006. The prices started to fall in late 2006 and early 2007. They did not bottom out in 2010. As a matter of fact in March of 2012 they hit a 9 year low.
Steve September 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
LOL A Clip from the Michael Weiner Show??
B Allen September 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
of course it is. Housing prices are way down, money is cheap. Why not buy a new home or add on? It only makes sense. Obamas' failed policies made it happen. 100 bad decisions and now one positive comes out of it...hahaha wow great record hahaha oh wait, it did take him 16 hours to have the Navy Seals pull the trigger.
Chris E September 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
No, I said they went back down to $1.99 in that time. They continued to decline to $1.79. We hit a 5 year low within a few months of JUly of 2008 You can look it up.The information is out there.
B Allen September 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Frankiegirl..."You're extremely misinformed, Marcia." That is like the "pot calling the Kettle black>>>oh wait, that would be over your head. It means you are the one that is misinformed with all your twisted stories. Get some facts, instead of atacking people when we put the truth out there.
B Allen September 19, 2012 at 09:20 PM
you can't go by %'s because the numbers were NEVER as large as what the Nobama admin has amounted to. How many Billions has NObama incrfeased our national debt in 1/2 the time???? I am sure you are not looking at the REAL numbers. percentages don't mean anything in this case.
B Allen September 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
HAHAHAHA Yeah Frankiegirl and your little girlfriend Stevie...I thought you people would get a kick out of hearing how you people sound with your left wing "facts and figures". rants and raves...I bet you people get your info from the same place that woman in the video I posted. I thought of you people when I listend to it again. Frankiegirl, was it you really in that video and you moved from Boca to MD? Is that what you were saying in your "typical" response? Laughing AT you, not with you.
B Allen September 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hey frankiegirl, what are you retarded??? Does my statement above yours (which I ALWAYS come out on top making you look like the idiot that you are) say ANYTHING about 2009? You are so mad becuase we continually make you look like a fool that you have to throw out stuff that isn't even posted to make yourself fell like a big WOMAN...you are NOT...you are STILL the spoiled little girl now as you were 1000 posts ago. I bet even those writing these articles are cracking up seeing yours and your little girlfriends posting nonsense on here. I KNOW they can't even believe how stupid you people are. HAHAHA what a PUSSYcat you are. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
B Allen September 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Democrats (the Party of the KKK) ARE racist. Look how they like to keep blacks down in the cities. Poor education (even NObama voted against the voucher program) and won't allow blacks to go to better schools. What about paying more and more Welfare for every kid out wedlock, the dems know they are going to get that vote. Maybe blacks should look at it and ask themselves, DO I really want to live like this? Why did Nobama say you don't have to look for work in order to get welfare? I know some libs who are big racists, one lives on my street and is a government worker. The WOMAN in this video gets it, maybe blacks should listen to people like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=906ouIDUdOw
jag September 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I seriously wish your parents would take away your internet privileges, B Allen.
B Allen September 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yeah Jag(off), don't you just hate the fact that I have more knowledge about the facts, figures and the truth then you little girls will EVER have, combined between all of you. Stupid stupid little pansie.
Avocado September 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think I'm better off now! Went from renting in DC to owning my first home in Maryland. Most days I think this is an upgrade, except when Metro, the crime blotter, or stories about crazy neighbors make me think otherwise. :/ Obama all the way!
B Allen September 25, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Well, it is a NO brainer that you can afford a home now. The money you were spending on rent in DC was probably double of what your house payment is. With that being said, under the previous run democrat majority congress w/ stretch pelosi, they managed to ruin the economy with Obama at the helm. Houses are not worth what they were previously, my home is worth $120K less that it was preObama, my retirement funds and investments are down 38%, interest rates are at an all time low, but gas is still up, cost of living is up, food prices are up, utilities are up, numbers of uemployment are up STILL, number of people on welfare is up 45%, coal industry is being devastated and more people will be out of work and on unemployment, more of our tax dollars are going to Mexico and South America AND YOU are concerned about your crazy neighbors???? But then again you must be a liberal and think only about yourself. Just like you want redistribution (since you want obama again) but what are you going to say when he wants more of your income in taxes, which he already has a plan for. Get the facts before you make irrational statements.
B Allen September 25, 2012 at 04:15 PM
But Marina, the left does NOT want to hear the REAL truth of what is going on. They live a rosey world because they STILL feel that Obama is going to pay for everything for them one day...maybe they think they have 72 vestal virgins waithing for them, but what do the leftie women have waiting for them, have you ever wondered> Maybe it is camels? Who knows what they think, it is ALWAYS IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS ANYWAY. hERE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE ON HOW THESE PEOPLE THINK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpCHvHWUAvw AND THEY ARE still WAITING http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI
B Allen September 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
NOT REALLY FRANKIEGIRL...You are using the leftie calculator. Sure the dow is up, but that is the guys making stuff, but when you look at the transportation average, it is way down. Guys are making stuff but not as much is being shipped, why? Because people are not spending like they were...your facts are just pure nonsense and made up by you people. Get the real facts. BTW, at least I have made much more than you will dream of and have money to invest, instead of living from government paycheck to government paycheck You are a horses butt frankiegirl. Again you have made yourself out the fool.


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