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The Question that Terrifies Democrats: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Two Years Ago?

AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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In the final weeks of the legendary 1980 campaign that made Ronald Reagan president, Reagan stood before the nation at his sole presidential debate with failing incumbent Jimmy Carter and urged voters to ask themselves a simple question, one that instantly became timeless in American political lore. “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Reagan asked.

As Republicans fight to win over the last remaining undecided voters this November, they would do well to reprise Reagan’s iconic question. Are Americans better off now than they were just two years ago, when Joe Biden became president and Democrats took both chambers of Congress? By any relevant metric, the answer is sure to be a definitive “no” – making a clear case for a change in Washington.

Everything Is More Expensive 

Even something as simple as putting a meal on the table has become more difficult under Democrat rule. Since last year, the price of eggs is up 40%, milk is up 17%, and margarine is up about 40%. In total, grocery prices are up roughly 13% – the largest uptick in more than four decades. Even toilet paper prices have soared – the average roll is 6% to 8% shorter but 8% to 10% more expensive than it was two years ago.

Though gas prices have come down somewhat in recent months from record highs last summer, they are still sitting around $3.70 per gallon – up from $2.40 when Biden took office—and in many places, they are much higher than that. Meanwhile, public transportation costs are up more than 20% since last year. And when you get home after that newly-expensive commute and flip on the lights and heating, the electricity will cost you 16% more and the natural gas will cost you 40% more. Home heating costs are set to skyrocket again this upcoming winter.

Even previously comfortable and financially secure Americans are now feeling the pinch. According to a recent Gallup poll, 56% of Americans cite financial hardship due to price increases. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that for the past 17 months, inflation has outpaced wages. Nonetheless, despite the fact that their policies have directly led to these financial hardships, Democrats voted in August to raise taxes on the middle class, hire 87,000 IRS agents to harass families and small businesses, and ultimately worsen inflation.

Rents Are Up, Wealth Is Tanking, And Savings Are Depleting

Entering young adulthood and planning for the future is also a far more daunting prospect now than it was two years ago. Median monthly rent is about $1,900 – roughly $200 more than last year. 30-year mortgage rates just hit the highest levels since 2008, dramatically reducing the price of the home a homebuyer can afford. Credit card debt is increasing at the fastest clip in over two decades. Pair this with an April BMO Real Financial Progress survey showing that 60% of young Americans aged 18-34 say they’ve had to reduce contributions to their savings, and it is clear that for many, the American Dream of owning a home and building generational wealth is being destroyed by Democrat policies.

It’s not just young people who are struggling to make ends meet. In the same poll, 1 in 4 Americans say they will need to delay retirement due to skyrocketing prices. Many retirees have even re-entered the workforce because of inflation. Another survey found that about half of Americans 55 and older have dipped into emergency savings as a result of inflationary pressures.

To top it off, the stock market has continued to plummet as new economic numbers hit and investors make quick moves to shore up future losses. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have each taken nosedives in recent weeks, crushing public pension funds, retirement accounts, and 401(k)s.

Americans Feel Less Safe as Crime Wave Continues Unabated

According to Gallup, 80% of Americans are worried about crime – the highest figure since 2016. Last year, homicides, robberies, and carjackings spiked across the country, and a number of Democrat-run cities are set to outpace these numbers again this year.

In January, a poll found that about 70% of Philadelphia residents cited crime, drugs, and safety as the top issue facing the city – a drastic 30 point jump from August 2020. As crime levels continue to worsen, this tracks with a more recent Siena poll showing that 70% of New York City residents feel less safe now than they did before the pandemic.

The crosstabs in the Siena poll should be of particular interest for Republicans running in districts that are competitive or lean Democratic: 70% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans, and 73% of Independents said they felt “less safe,” indicating a broad bipartisan consensus on the need to address crime. Moreover, the most notable spread occurred between sexes, not races: 63% of men said they feel less safe whereas 77% of women said the same – providing Republicans a critical opportunity to win back the women voters they lost ground with in 2020.

Radical Leftism Running Amok in Education as Achievement Dips

Measurable outcomes for K-12 learning show student test results are falling disastrously. The first national test results of nine-year-olds comparing scores before and after school closures show a five-point drop in reading levels, and a seven-point drop in math – the first drop recorded in the test’s history.

A growing number of parents of all political persuasions are also waking up to the reality that their children’s schools have become breeding grounds for toxic left-wing ideologies like Critical Race Theory and gender theory. It is no surprise that student achievement in math and reading is lagging considering schools are teaching sex-ed to kindergartners and replacing traditional instruction with lessons on “Whiteness Theory.”

Confidence in the Future Is Falling

There is perhaps no clearer sign that Americans are worse off than they were two years ago than the fact that measures of national confidence in the future have tumbled in recent months. According to a recent ABC/Ipsos poll, 69% of Americans say the economy is getting worse. Additionally, a recent AP-NORC poll shows 85% of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction (78% of Democrats said this – a 56-point jump from when Biden first took office).

This would imply that not only are Independent voters persuadable, but even some Democrats are primed for a change in direction. Now, it will be up to Republicans to make the right arguments – and ask the right questions – to capitalize on voter frustrations and take back control of Congress this November.

Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch.   


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Henker
3 months ago

Democrats are stealing from Retirees just to dole it out to their welfare [email protected]@ers.

KAT
3 months ago
Reply to  Henker

Stop with the name calling and racism. I bet you are a Dem, as Dems do most of the derogatory name calling and racist comments.

Kenneth Paul
3 months ago

This is a well documented article. It showcases the plight of Americans and the partisan disinterest of the demonrat party. But don’t forget the RINO’s; they are every bit as complicit.

Bottom line, the Dems over-arching interest focusses on harnessing political power to enrich themselves and to destroy their opponents. The welfare of the nation and its citizens be damned. They’re a tertiary concern.

Gary
3 months ago

The ONLY thing that worries DEMOCRATs is , whether or not those eletronic voting machines ( EVs ) will perform as DEMOCRATs want . DEMOCRATs want the electronig voting machines to switch your vote to a DEMOCRAT. They worry , that the electronic voting machines might actually add a vote for a Republican to a Republican instead of to a DEMOCRAT . DEMOCRATs also worry that those EVs might not switch Democrat votes for a Repuliban back to a Democrat . I believe in 2020 , millions of Democrats voted for Trump but their votes were switched to Biden . Who would know ? It’s the perfect crime ! There’s no paper trail . Lets say that you’re one of the millions of Democrats who voted for Trump . But , unbeknownst to you , your vote was placed in Biden’s column . How would you know ? Do you know who you voted for ? We must get rid of those Electronic Voting machines . The entire country of France recently held a nationwide election using paper ballots and clear plastic official ballot boxes at official polling places and no one complained . And, the election was conducted in ONE day . And, the results were announced at 11:00 on Election night . We used to do this before we switched to electronic voting machines. We can AND must do it again .

Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary: I’m shocked, really shocked that you believe the voting machines might be switching votes.You should be worried about the bacteria in Africa that is eating mulberry tree bark that affects the production of flowering bee dust that cause whales to back flip with full twists. Never concern yourself with politics . Your future is already laid out by others .

KAT
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

You forgot the “sarc”.

Rich
3 months ago

It all depends on who you ask the question. The socialist/democrats are definitely better off because their agenda is succeeding. As more and more of our freedoms are taken away, the rest of America those who are not in the upper echelon, are suffering and will continue to suffer. The two level system of the socialist/communists are them and us. If we don’t like it we better make changes, FAST.

Gary
3 months ago
Reply to  Rich

One of the Freedoms the DEMOCRAT are taking away from us , is our Right to vote for whomever we want to . The DEMOCRATs pushed the Help America Vote Act ( HAVA ) on us in order to mandate those Electronic Voting machines be used . Those computer controlled Electronic ‘Voting’ machines give no receipt for your vote , no print-out of the vote and may be blue tooth ( or equivilant ) enabled so they can be “adjusted” during elections . WE MUST REPEAL HAVA ! ! ! We need to vote in overwhelming numbers so they cannot cheat . We can do it .

Russ
3 months ago

The deck is stacked, without election integrity, you had better learn to speak Chinese, because that is who owns Biden, and also who he’s already sold us out to. Once you’ve figured out the origin of the Corona virus, and who financed the gain of function research, strictly for the purpose of destroying Trump, and taking over a million lives world-wide, and Biden and his crack-head son, loading their pockets up with Chinese money, it should be abundantly clear which direction he’s trying to take us.

Gary
3 months ago
Reply to  Russ

People who try to discourage you from voting are DEMOCRATs .

If we vote in overwhelming numbers , the DEMOCRATs won’t be able to cheat successfully . We are in fact , the silent MAJORITY . So , all we need do is to vote overwhelmingly , then , they cannot manufacture enough phony votes to beat us . Simple as that . Lets each and everyone of us resolve to get our butts out to the polls and cast OUR votes on Election Day .

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Buddy, you obviously don’t understand how the voting fraud system works. No matter HOW MANY GOP votes are cast, they will be either ‘lost’, not counted, destroyed, or surpassed by fraudulent votes. WAKE UP!

KAT
3 months ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Gary’s point is that at a certain point, they can’t hide the fraud anymore, with the more and more conservatives and Reps voting. The BEST THING TO DO is volunteer and be on all the various boards, working groups, teams, etc. having to do with elections in your state and your area.

Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  KAT

I believe there will be a massive vote against the leftist tyrants. If somehow we wake up and find the vote went wildly (or even slightly) for the socialist/democrats, then we will all know what we have to do.

Robert Zuccaro
3 months ago

Jack was asked the same poll question while floating on a door after the Titanic hit the iceberg…

Bill Halcott
3 months ago

Better off now than I was two years ago? HA! Better off now than I was TWO WEEKS ago, you mean. HyperBidenstagflation. I am curious to see if imbecile Biden supporters have had enough, have learned anything. I doubt it. You can’t fix stupid. I miss President Trump SO much. 758 days until the election. If we survive. America First. ULTRAMAGA.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill Halcott

Never forget half the folks you meet on any given day are below average.

dkp2015
3 months ago

OH!!! It’s gone far beyond that!!! Are you better off is no longer the question, we all know the answer to that. The new question is – is your community better off? Is your State better off? Is your Country better off, and finally is the World better off?????? And most important is your kids and grandkids and their kids and grandkids further better off???? Can you even imagine what history will say about these idiots and this so-called administration of criminals!!! LET’S GO brandon!!!!

VMaguire
3 months ago

We have lost much ground financially since Biden arrived. We have lost freedom. Retirement in December, and we will continue to get new jobs. He botched the pandemic response. Our Military is trained to be woke rather than tactical. He is funding the Ukraine war with our tax dollars. Crime is at all time high.
Please, do not complain of #meantweets. Biden has left us poorer with more rule and globally vulnerable. He is void of a brain and very #mean. Also, sniffs kids hair.

Dorothy
3 months ago

I am not better off now, I can’t even go to the funeral of my family, because it is too expensive.

MJP
3 months ago

I am on a fixed income, and I can honestly say I am worse off than I was when Biden took office. I was doing good when Trump was president. I don’t see and never will believe that Biden won the election. He is just a puppet with BO as the puppet master and Soros as the pay master. I pray for Americans and for America. I see dictatorship in many ways. Does the dem-O’s want zombies walking around? Yes. They want to keep We the People under their thumbs.

Mike L
3 months ago
Reply to  MJP

MJP, I’m in the same fixed income boat, biden torpedoed and bombed my boat like the Arizona.

ole fat man
3 months ago
Reply to  MJP

Ditto to the Nth degree!

Pat Keltner
3 months ago

We are better off now only because my husband came out of retirement and went back to work. With the extra income, we have been able to pay off our house and rent house and are debt free. However, I would like to purchase a new car, as the one I’m driving is 12 yrs old. We bought it for $38,000. To buy the same car today would be double! In addition, our health insurance went up from $200 to $300 a month when we went on Medicare! Thank God, we have a good retirement. I don’t know how people will make it with everything going sky high.

Vince
3 months ago

This country is in a serious mess. Nothing good. Pray for a change in November.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  Vince

We will end up with small change (as in pennies).

Barrett Smith
3 months ago

Fauci is better off now. He’s at least $5 million richer.

Wayne
3 months ago
Reply to  Barrett Smith

Fauci will probably vote democrat– several times.

Rik
3 months ago

HECK NO! . . . AMERICA IS NOT BETTER OFF UNDER ANY / ALL POLICIES OF JACKASS JOE’S ADMINISTRATION!!!

Trusher
3 months ago

I honestly believe there are no problems that do not have a solution. Further, I believe that often33d4dd the answers to tough problems are usually easy to understand, but generally hard to do. We have the following in the USA, and I not saying anything that pretty much everyone doesn’t already know

  1. We have “journalists” on the political left who can lie with impunity. And do. As an illustration, let’s look at the case of those arrested from the January 6th incident. To begin with, only an idiot could call it an “insurrection”- even Biden made the case the for a citizens militia to contend with the US military, they’d need an F16. Of course, I’ll concede that the next day he might very well say something entirely different. Even so, why have those people who were arrested not yet, approaching two years later, had a trial? Why is there no longer any news coverage except of the one-sided CNN show trial complete with staged and scripted prosecution, but no defense allowed. This is banana republic stuff, and is scary.
  2. We have politicians on the political left who are able to lie with impunity because of these same lying journalists. Witness the outcry from the left at the very thought that Twitter may soon not be its’ exclusive domain where it will henceforth no be longer able to simply delete any and all opposing views at will.
  3. We are well on our way becoming a police state- and one run by a dictator no less. Parents rightly upset about the prospect of being powerless to have a voice in their childrens eduction are NOT domestic terrorists who should be targeted by the Garland and the FBI. Yet they are treated as such. Biden decides that begging the Saudis and Venezuelans for oil is preferable to allowing us to drill. Unbelievable.
  4. The societal tail is wagging get dog. A small minority of largely self-entitled people rule the roost and yet have been given no valid authorized authority to do so. For example, if someone (who is a male as indicated on their birth certificate) wants to have surgery etc so they can pretend to be a member of the opposite sex, that is their right I suppose. But why is this now suddenly the most burning issue we, as a country, face? The answer is, obviously, that it’s not the pivotal issue of our age (despite what the media try to have us believe), but it is guaranteed to generate lots of hostility and thus sells copy. Our society has been steered, by the media, the intellectual elite, and popular culture, into becoming ( I prefer to say “becoming” rather than “transitioning”) into warring factions by morally empty intellectuals who are only too happy to profit from the ensuing melee.

The solution to these, and the (very) long list of related issues, is simple:

Someone else’s rights end where mine begin.
And if you lie to me, or about me, you ought to be in trouble.
Trouble that you will really regret.

We used to know the above because they are so obvious.
Common sense we used to say.
Actually, we still know them- it’s just that we don’t dare say anything.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  Trusher

Never forget half the folks you meet on any given day are below average.

MickinMD
3 months ago

I’ve never been happy with Biden but, yes, I’m better off than 2 years ago because I am not threatened with a President who is trying to become a dictator. I also have a President supporting stamping out Covid. Trump’s own Dr. Birx said that no one could stop the first 100,000 deaths but Trump was responsible for half of the next 500,000.

Michael R Bostwick
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Do you even self-aware? You don’t want dictators, but support the guys who locked us in our houses, forced us to get experimental vaccines, are censoring speech, sending the FBI to raid the homes of citizens they disagree with (no, not Trump, although that’s bad enough, but – people who dare speak out against an oppressive government), and standing at the blood red podium calling half of America “threats to democracy.” SMFH.

Trusher
3 months ago

Amen.

I am personally convinced that the excessive force and completely unnecessary public spectacle surrounding recent FBI raids (coincidentally entirely on Republicans) and the arming of 87,000 additional IRS field agents has nothing to do with government strong
arm tactics. I am also convinced the Earth is flat and, while the Moon is not made of green cheese, it is- in fact- made of cheese.

mytake
3 months ago

I think the dictator wannabe is next door to the White house calling the shots and is the threat.

Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  mytake

You MickinMD will be very happy with the Communist government that you will inherit if you continue to vote for the socialist/democrats.

Nick UPstateNY
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

And Biden is responsible for many, many more. Check your statistics before posting, maybe?

Ender
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Trump never sought dictatorial powers (to the contrary, he spent much of his time trying unsucessfully to check the unconstitutional actions of out-of-control bureaucrats), and stepped down peacefully despite the unanswered questions about electoral fraud. It’s leftists who have implemented a regime of tyranny on America, as we daily hear of outrages from FBI-Gestapo raids and the economy is plundered on a monstrous scale and trillions of $ are shifted out of productive workers pockets and into the parasite class of leftist elites and their welfare army. And while anyone would “support stamping out Covid” the senile figurehead Biden has failed to do so just as much as anyone else would.

TJ Hohmann
3 months ago
Reply to  Ender

Wait a minute! I heard many, MANY times on CNN AND MSNBC that Orange Man was a very bad, no good, evil dictator. Who is also completely incompetent and very dumb. Are you trying to tell me that wasn’t true!?

Franklin Draino Roosefelt
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

This is certainly one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever encountered.

Michael Langlinais
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Really? He had only suffered 200,000 by the time of the election. Biden has presided over roughly 700,000. You are delusional.

Dallas
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Lots more covid deaths on Bidens watch in the same amount of time that Pres. Trump presided over covid problems plus Biden has had to vaccine to work with and it was still worse in Bidens first year. More migrants dying trying to get in to the US. The lefts media called Pres. Trump Hitler for two deaths. Now not a peep out of them when Pres. Biden sets records on migrant deaths. Hypocrites.

Barrett Smith
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

You are part of the problem. Jefferson warned of an uneducated voting populace.

VMaguire
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

We HAVE a dictator. Hence MANDATES!

Mike L
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

AMAC please revoke MickinMD’s membership, this is an AARP statement above.

Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike L

Under the first amendment, we all have the right (at least so far) to make stupid comments, especially if they promote the lefts agenda.

Clark Kent
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Put down the bong before you post.

KAT
3 months ago
Reply to  MickinMD

Biden’s had MANY more deaths and HE HAD THE VACCINE AVAILABLE; Trump did not, at the time you are referring to. And Trump WAS NOT responsible for the half of the next 500,000 (I guess you mean 250,000): the CDC WAS, as they purposely, I think, messed up those ONE MILLION COVID tests that they said had to be trashed due to the manufacturing plant being tainted; AND THE VILIFICATION OF THERAPEUTICS WAS RESPONSIBLE, as it certainly would’ve helped some stay alive, as IT HELPED ME STAY ALIVE LAST YEAR).

chrisford1
3 months ago

Author Brighn is right. What people need to vote on is the economy, schools, crime – issues hitting them now. Republicans need to work to ensure this election does not become one on the Trump Cult’s belief that all good and bad things in America revolve around their Maximum Leader,.

Rich
3 months ago
Reply to  chrisford1

“Trump cults”? You mean MAGA? If being a proud American wanting a strong country is a cultist, sign me up! The very things that you talk about President Trump, who you seem to despise, were the things he worked to make better. The left fought against all of it. What we need to vote out is socialism.

EricInManchester
3 months ago

EVERYTHING the dirty DC Democrats propose and enact have been proven failures. Biden makes Jimmy Carter look great

Howard Renn
3 months ago

DEMOCRATS ARE SO TERRIFIED OF TRUMP that they are willing to do anything to stop him. Given the number of DEAD trailing behind the key Democrats, does that “ANYTHING” include assassination? This question should be thrown in their faces!!!

Remember that the bribery & Treason crimes committed by top officials can put them in PRISON if the GOP takes back the Country!

Michael Woods
3 months ago
Reply to  Howard Renn

It will NEVER happen….Republicans have proved time and time again, espacially when THEY are in power, that they have NO balls!!

James E Morton
3 months ago
Reply to  Michael Woods

Sad, but true.

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