The politicians love to ask the question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" To honestly answer that question you would have to look at the increase in the national debt from four years ago.
If your neighbor remodeled their house, got a new boat and a new RV, you may say your neighbor is better off than four years ago. However, if you found out that your neighbor was in debt $250,000 more than they were four years ago you may say they're actually worse off.
Just to let you know, the federal government, not including state and local governments, is $6.4 trillion more in debt than it was four years ago (August 2008-August 2012 per the U.S. Treasury website).
That's $83,000 of debt per family of four in just four years, which is greater than the average family net worth of $77,000.
When you answer the question are you better off now than four years ago, you really should factor in that the country is in debt an additional $6.4 trillion.
And no use saying that it's just the fault of the Democrats because when the Republicans are in power they do exactly the same thing, which is borrow and spend.
I could take a class of elementary school children to Washington, D.C., and they would be able to spend $6 trillion more efficiently than the politicians can. Meaning, what the politicians are doing in Washington, D.C., a child could do better.
Yes, if someone had to make the $6 trillion first, that would take experience, brains and leadership. But that is not what the politicians are doing (politicians borrow 40 cents of every dollar they spend).
It's amazing how if a child went out and bought new uniforms for his or her sports team, versus blowing the money, the parents would still ask where did the child got the money? If the child said he or she borrowed it, the parents would immediately ask who loaned them the money?
However, when politicians spend money, most Americans, by their actions, could not care less where the politicians got the money.
For some reason -- and, no, I don't know why -- most Americans don't personally feel that it's their debt with regards to the national debt.
To most Americans, the national debt is someone else's problem, which is a true statement, but unfortunately, the someone else is America's next generation of taxpayers.