Here’s what some of you had to say:
Dani of Atlanta said: “I would have to say that I am in worse shape financially now then when Barack Obama became president but it’s hardly due to his administration. In the last four years, I left an okay full-time job, married and had two children shortly thereafter. I have not found work in my new location - nothing that would pay enough to put two toddlers in childcare. Thus, my financial standing is not as it was as a low-maintenance single woman with only a cell phone and car maintenance to worry about.”
“Better off, definitely,” wrote Tom Campbell of Plymouth, Minn. “My business has expanded, and my income grew as a result. The stock market is much higher after bottoming out soon after President Obama’s inauguration. So that has helped our net worth.”
Cathy McBreen of Illinois wrote: “My small company continues to struggle each day. I have taken a salary cut so that I don’t have to lay off workers. I have two children in college but because my household makes slightly more than the amount of the cutoff for financial aid, I am paying two full college tuitions. I anticipate my taxes are soon to increase exponentially. Having worked hard, paid off my own student loans and been moderately successful in the U.S., today just sucks. You either need to be really rich or poor.”
“I was lucky enough to have turned 62 years old and thank God Social Security was not privatized so I am receiving that, having had to take early retirement to pay my bills and mortgage,” wrote Larry Ahlgrim of Norfolk. “ Can you imagine how much people would have lost on Social Security had it been taken private before the meltdown? Because of my age I don’t have as much at stake as the younger generations do in this election, but I hope they’re paying close attention, get informed, and vote their economic interests- Obama and all the Democrats would win by a landslide if they do.”
Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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