While debating Jimmy Carter during the 1980 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Ronald Reagan used his closing remarks to ask fellow Americans, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Today, the “yes” or “no” answers to a modified version of that question is helpful in understanding who, under Barack Obama’s reign has flourished; and who has languished.
Are you better off now than you were 6 years ago?
Yes – Wall Street, fat cats, and 1 percenters who’ve ridden the Fed’s virtually 0% interest bubble to dizzying profits in the Stock Market.
No – “Everyday American savers” who, as a group, have lost trillions of dollars in their bank accounts because the Fed has kept interest rates artificially low; dramatically below typical levels.
Yes – Mexican drug cartels, who were the beneficiaries of thousands of firearms handed to them via Eric Holder’s ill fated Fast & Furious gun walking scandal.
No – Hundreds of unnamed Mexicans and 1 U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, who were killed by the weapons unleashed by Obama’s Justice Department.
Yes – Bill and Hillary Clinton, who’ve relatively recently, amassed a net worth well north of $100 million .
No – Hardworking people making up typical U.S. households, who have seen their inflation adjusted yearly income plummet almost $5,000!
Yes – Rioters, looters, professional agitators and racial arsonists who’ve cashed in on “no justice, no peace protests” to line their pockets at the expense of urban, small businesses.
No Law abiding, risk taking, community minded, inner city small business men and woman who have had their inventories stolen and shops burned to the ground, while receiving neither justice nor peace.
Yes – Army deserter Bowe Berghdahl and the 5 murderous Taliban commanders freed from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the shirker’s release.
No – American soldiers killed or wounded while searching for the “missing” Berghdahl. Also the grieving families and friends of those noble warriors.
Yes- Illegal immigrants, Mexican coyotes, and shady businessmen.
No- Legal immigrants, those waiting to immigrate here legally, low skilled minority workers whose wages & job opportunities are being undercut, union workers, law abiding citizens living near dangerous border crossing routes, and the American taxpayer.
Yes – Iran and it’s terrorist accomplices throughout the increasingly volatile Middle East.
No – Long standing American allies, most notably Israel, along with Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan et. al.
Yes – Obama’s favorite tax cheats- Al Sharpton, Toure’ Neblett, Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid (MSNBC boot lickers) plus big name filers (Clinton Foundation) who badly, perhaps deliberately, mucked up their returns.
No – Conservative grass roots organizations who were threatened & harassed by Barack’s IRS enforcers.
Yes – Benghazi terrorists who killed Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith & Glen Doherty.
No – The families of Ambassador Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith & Glen Doherty, still awaiting justice on behalf of their heroic, murdered loved ones.
Yes – ISIS “JV Team” terrorizing and sucking up territory throughout the Mideast.
No – Victims of the ISIS “JV Team”, including but not limited to many Syrians, along with Iraqis living in Mosul, Ramadi, and Fallujah.
Yes – Extremist Muslim rapists and decapitators.
No – Scores of Christians and other religious minorities who’ve been brutally raped or beheaded for not converting to Islam.
Yes – The territory grabbing, bellicose, bully Vladimir Putin
No – Crimeans falling under Vlad’s Russian boot, and nervous Eastern European populations waiting for his other “boot to drop” on them.
Yes – “Prime Minister” Li Keqiang and his not so merry band of Red Chinese who are boldly moving every day to expand their “footprint” in the South China Sea.
No – U.S. allies such as New Zealand, Australia, and Japan who are increasingly threatened by Chinese military bases being built within striking distance of their shores.
In summary a list of those who are better off now than they were 6 years ago includes but is not limited to: thugs, killers, cheats, liars, thieves, scammers, rioters, rapists, drug dealers, illegals, terrorists, and international bad actors.
In summary, a list of those who are not better off than they were 6 years ago includes, but is not limited to: the hundreds of millions of innocents victimized by those listed immediately above.
Feature image by Branco via Net Right Daily