Am I better off than I was four years ago? You bet!

September 18, 2012

Recently I was asked whether I considered myself better off today than I was four years ago ("Are you better off?" Sept. 5). My shoot-from-the-hip response was that, yes, we have made great strides, but there is much more to do.

It occurred to me later that it isn't about just me. I've been just fine this past four years. There's been income in my house; I'm still in my house. My life is just fine.

What makes me proud is that I have a president who concerns himself with those who are not fine. He fought for affordable health care. He bailed out the auto industry and opened the doors for unemployed workers to return. That impacted us right here in White Marsh, where the president extended unemployment benefits to help people until the jobs returned. He bailed out the banks and created mortgage-saving opportunities for folks losing their homes.

I am a recruiter by trade, and there are over 300 openings nationally in the company where I work, many of which are right here in the Baltimore area. Granted, many of these openings are for skilled labor. But the president "gets" that the future of our country is going to depend on a skilled, educated labor force, and he is a big proponent of college tuition assistance and limiting the growth of college costs.

Am I better off than I was four years ago? You bet I am. I have a president who cares about the people in his charge. That's a president I can respect, and it's the polar opposite of the place I was in eight years ago.

A. Welsh

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