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YOUR TURN: Better Off Than Four Years Ago?

The answer to this question around the country will have as much influence as any over who wins the U.S. presidency in November.

Exactly four years ago this month, the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy.

Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. The next day, the Federal Reserve announced a bailout of AIG. Bad news continued to pile up almost daily, with the stock market collapsing and millions of jobs vanishing.

Massachusetts's unemployment rate was 5.8% four years ago, spiked to 8.7% by the following October and is at 6.3% in the latest figures. That is below the national 8.1% unemployment rate. 

On this four-year anniversary, incumbent Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are nearing the home stretch of the Presidential election. No single factor will define such a complex process as selection of a president, though none may be greater than the simple question: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Share your views with other residents in the comment section below. 

whatsup September 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Fred, In your response, in the first line you said you made a 'typo'. In the next line you said that your 'lack of spelling' did not hurt you too bad because you own four houses. I am sorry, that I did not realize you are mentally challenged. Let me put it in easier terms for you to understand. -If it was a 'typo', that would mean you knew the spelling but you typed it wrong. -If you have a lack of spelling, that meant you didn't know how to spell; hence it was not a 'typo' These are mutually exclusive, meaning they cannot occur at the same time unless you are not only mentally challenged, but also a habitual liar apparent from the inconsistency in your post. Someone like you, who can't spell at second grade level or have the mental aptitude of a four year old can have four houses; certainly we are better off than four years ago.
fred September 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Four years ago I was wondering if I would be able to keep my job, if I would ever be able to buy a house, if I would ever be able to have any savings, if the country will ever be in the right track with millions of jobs getting lost every week. Whatsup, I took this statement from your earlier post. (if the country will ever be IN the right track) did you mean ON, typo ? I believe I called you a LOSER earlier, that still stands. Keep going over the postings, see how many more mistakes I have made. CHECK YOUR OWN
fred September 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
jobs getting lost? loser
paul surette September 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
To Fred...with all due respect, it was YOU who made the decision to take the Section 8! Please don't tell me you weren't aware of the type of people that can be attached to that? If you rent to children, then by law, you HAVE to be compliant with lead shielding, Section 8 or not!
paul surette September 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I work in Cambridge (God, I hate that) I work near the projects, which take up two very large city blocks. Obviously, that is all subsidized housing....meaning you pay a percentage of what you earn to housing, and they pick up the majority of the rents. What really sets me off, is walking by those same projects and seeing the types of cars that are parked there. Most cars there are brand freakin' new. I even see some new Chrysler 300's, Lexus, and yes folks....BMW's and Mercedes. Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Romney hit it right on the head when he said a lot of Americans have a sense of entitlement. They are entitled to not pay for their rent, but can get a new car in the deal. THIS, is largely what is wrong with America today! And that was Romney's point to begin with, but you knew the Liberal Machine would spin that into "Romney hates poor people!" Last I checked, poor people didn't drive a Mercedes, at least not the REAL poor people!

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