From the Manhattan Institute:
In his 1980 presidential debate with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan looked directly into the television cameras and asked the American public, simply, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” The question—posed by incumbent and challenger alike—has since become a recurring feature of presidential campaign season. Now, with Election Day 2012 nearly upon us, the Manhattan Institute has enlisted six of its fellows to take up the question anew. On issues such as housing prices, energy prices, unemployment, bank regulation, and America’s reputation in the Muslim world, the news is not good. We are not better off than we were four years ago and in some cases we are worse off—far worse off.
- Your House Is Worth Less than It Was, Jacob Vigdor, Adjunct Fellow
- One-Third of Adult Men Are Out of Work, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow
- “Too Big to Fail” Banks Are Even Bigger than They Were, Nicole Gelinas, Searle Freedom Trust Fellow
- Your City and State Are Broke and Cutting Services, Steven Malanga, Senior Fellow
- You Pay More for Energy, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow
- Anti-Americanism Is on the Rise in the Muslim World, Edward Glaeser, Senior Fellow