October 25, 2012
Mitt Romney asks, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”
And the conservative choir, on cue, chants, “No.”
Are these high-information politicians and their followers, or are they merely Elmer Gantry and Jim Jones imitators with their latest victims?
On Jan. 2, 2008, the last year of the Bush era, the Dow-Jones Index opened at 13,261.82. One year later, on Jan. 20, as George W. Bush left for Crawford, Texas, the DJI opened at 8,279.63.
Dry numbers you say? Well, arithmetic shall set you free.
President Barack Obama watched the free fall continue down to close at 6,625.74 on March 2, 2009, before his policies and remedies could take effect.
Now, as of Oct. 12, 2012, the DJI closed at 13,328.85.
Do the arithmetic, so that the next time the man with the elixir and miracle medicine rolls into town and asks, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” you can proudly say, “Why, yes. Yes I am, thank you.”
Arithmetic isn’t just for liberals.