"Real News From The Blaze" Tuesday examined the current political discussion from the question Ronald Reagan memorably posed to the nation during his debate with incumbent President Jimmy Carter in 1980: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
In the show's opening segment, the panel discussed whether we are better off than we were four years ago in regards to domestic policy.
When presented with this question, the Obama camp will likely answer-after a good bashing of the Bush administration--by pointing to benefits of ObamaCare and 28 straight months of private sector job growth.
The president's critics can counter by alleging a failure to enact policy to curb an unemployment rate that has not been below eight percent since the month Obama took office; ballooning to ten percent in October 2009, a near-record 46.2 million Americans on food stamps, and one in five college graduates ages 25 to 34 still living at home.
We might be tempted to question the fairness of Reagan's soundbite as a measure of a president's success, given that some administrations are confronted with once in a generation events like the attack on Pearl Harbor or 9/11. However, it should be noted that Barack Obama said himself in 2009: "If I don't have this done in 3 years, this is going to be a one term proposition."
Joined by Ben Domenech, the panel discussed the likely response from each side to "are you better off than you were four years ago?" domestically, and whether this is a fair measure for judging the president: