Note from Dan: The blogger ‘dave’ posted these rhetorical, are-you-better-off-than-4 years ago questions Saturday morning on another thread. Good stuff!
Today is a good day to pose a few questions to the right wing bloggers (or to anyone else who wishes to answer them).
1. Would you rather we have an economy losing 750,000 jobs per month insted of one gaining 96,000 jobs per month?
2. Would you prefer a Dow Jones Industrial Average of 6.500 over one at 13,300?
3. Would you prefer a bankrupt/out-of- business U.S. auto industry to one that employs more than a million people and is making record profits?
4.Would you prefer a health-care system that makes it impossible for you to buy insurance when you have health issues or preexisting conditions over one that allows you to get that care?
5. Would you prefer that 3 million young americans between the ages of 18 and 26 do without health insurnce and rely on emergemcy rooms for health-care needs at your expense over one that allows them to remain on their parent’s insurnce policies?
6. Would you prefer that 30 million Americans remain without health insurance and rely on emergency room care for their needs at the expense of you and your health insurance over one that requires them to contribute according to their means and get less expensive care through normal channels?
7.Would you prefer that states like California, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and just about every other state be forced to lay off still more teachers, firefighters, health care workers, transportation employees and police. or raise taxes to compensate them instead of having federal stimulus funds to help them balance budgets during a financial crisis?
8. Would you prefer that Virginia not be allowed to receive any more funds from the federal government than its citizens pay in federal taxes, thereby eliminating billions from Virginia’s budget at your expense?
9. Would you prefer that the banking and financial system had been allowed to crash completely in 2008-09 and suffered the pain that went along with it to start over again, a la 1929?
10. Would you prefer that we still be fighting in Iraq and supporting an army of 150,000 Americans there?
11. Would you prefer that we have no exit strategy in Afghanistan and just have an open- ended committment to keeping 120,000 American soldiers there?
12. Would you have preferred that we simply stop pursuing and eliminating Al Qaeda and let Osama Bin Laden go ahead with his plotting and planning of terrorist attacks?
13.Would you prefer that we eliminate all regulations on banks and the financial industry and make it every man for himself?
14.Would you prefer that we had not reduced our dependence on foreign oil to the lowest level in over 50 years?
15. Would you prefer that we had not increased our natural gas production almost 700% in the last four years?
16. Would you prefer that employment in the coal mining industry had decreased in the last four years instead of increasing?
17. Do you believe we should lower our standards for clean air and clean water to accomodate the oil, chemical, and gas industries?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then I can understand how you might believe we are not better off today than we were in February of 2009 and why you would want to elect people who want to take us back to the policies of 2000-2008.