As Barack Obama announces his bid for reelection next year and Republicans stuggle to find the equally most extreme candidate to alienate middle America, it's time to ask ourselves what Ronald Reagan suggested that we ask: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Well, fair question. We're still seeing American men and women killed in the line of military duty and the National Guard on the front lines due to the lack of an indequately staffed regular armed forces. Our troops aren't back home and we're still meddling in the affairs of other nations.
Then there's the economy. Although there's a smidgen of light the fact is that too many people are out of work, too many people are working harder for less, too many jobs have been exported overseas and prices continue to go up -- especially groceries and gasoline.
I think I'll stop there because the rest would simply be piling on. Ronald Reagan once quipped when gasoline dipped below a buck a gallon, "Isn't it nice to see the gallons add up faster than the dollars."
Obama and his crew didn't fix our foreign policy or our economy. About the only hope we'll have for change is a few coins in our pocket after filling up the gas tank.