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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

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Yes, dramatically better.
  6588 votes / 21%
Better off, Yes -- reasonably, but not dramatically.
  8666 votes / 28%
Better off, but barely.
  2526 votes / 8%
Hard to say; sort of a wash.
  4459 votes / 14%
Worse off, actually, by a smidge.
  1527 votes / 5%
Moderately worse off.
  2702 votes / 8%
I'm dramatically worse off now.
  2450 votes / 8%
I will tell you below why this question is absurd.
  1348 votes / 4%
30266 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

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  • Re:Very little (Score:4, Informative)

    by Burning1 (204959) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @04:28PM (#41542445) Homepage

    Uh... You're pretty much the first person I've met who provided a link that refutes *his own* comments. According to your cited source, the cost of the wars cost $794,700,000,000 (794.7 billion) dollars. Note that there was an additional $496.8 billion dollars spent under the obama administration, that would not have been spent if we didn't go to war.

    You're also dramatically skewing the debt increase. has information on the matter, supporting your position that Obama has made some major increases in the deficit, but also countering your conclusion that democrats are the primary factor in the current deficit situation. []

    CBO’s assumptions did not factor in two recessions (2001, 2008), two wars and a slew of legislative changes from the Bush tax cuts to the Obama stimulus.

    The difference between the projected surpluses and the actual deficits is $11.9 trillion over that 10-year period. Treasury concluded that Bush policies were to blame for 59 percent and Obama’s policies 12 percent. The rest — 29 percent — were what CBO calls “economic and technical changes,” mostly having to do with changing economic forecasts because of the recessions.

    Treasury’s analysis was done by reviewing 36 CBO reports issued over the last 12 years: the biannual Budget and Economic Outlook and the CBO’s annual analysis of the president’s budget. Treasury accounted for the changes in CBO’s revenue and outlay projections during that time period to determine how far the original 2001 CBO projections had deviated and where the deviations had occurred.

  • by camperdave (969942) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @04:03PM (#41552599) Journal
    Watership Down was the name of the new warren that Bigwig, Fiver, and the rest founded after fighting off General Woundwart and stealing his women... er, I mean does. Sandleford Warren is the one that was poisoned and destroyed. So a Watership Down type of company must be a new company that forms by employees fleeing from an older dying company that then goes and recruits talent or clients from other, well established companies.

Memory fault - where am I?


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