Are you better off now than four years ago? Well, are you? It’s a dubious framework for a question, especially one meant to define an entire campaign, because there are so many factors involved that go beyond just who happens to be sitting in the Oval Office at the time. But it is, of course, the question the Republicans are hanging their (diamond-studded cowboy) hats on this year. As VP nominee and world’s greatest marathoner Paul Ryan said in Greenville yesterday: “The president can say a lot of things, but he can’t tell you that you’re better off.” Can’t he?
Not that anyone in the presidential election ever pays attention to us here in this big blue city, but things have changed like crazy just in Brooklyn over four years. The condo boom busted and then re-boomed, we went from being known for bands like TV on the Radio to being mocked for obscenely overpriced foodie tours and we got like 12 more flea markets and a bunch of new tech jobs.
So before Joe Biden and all the rest start telling us about the struggles of single fathers in Roanoke, we want to hear your Obama era progress report. Give us the rundown in three areas: your job, your income and your general mental/physical/spiritual well being.
(Oh, and lest you think Obama doesn’t care about the youth vote, this button was spotted at the convention, and this ad just surfaced in which Obama calls to chat with … Harold & Kumar, courting the ever-important almost-too-stoned-to-vote demographic.)