Now both political parties and their candidates are in earnest working on their campaigns. The object of the Republican Convention was to introduce Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to their constituents and base and the independent voters. The purpose of the democratic convention was to energize their base. Also, ask for four more years as the economy is worse than they originally thought.The economy now is worse than many people feel. The unemployment numbers are deceiving as more people are giving up looking for work. Newest job numbers released this past Friday were 96,000. This figure is well below the predicted number of 125,000 that many economists predicted. The 2012 new jobs average of 139,000 is still way below the needed increase in population. This jobs report is a problem for President Obama as the government under President Obama has raised the deficit by 4.9 trillion dollars since being in office. All of this stimulus spending has not accomplished its purpose for the economy.The big issues of this campaign will be the economy, the deficit. The question being asked were you better off today than four years ago. Four years ago the economy was in dire straights. The banking sector, unemployment numbers, the housing sector, the business sector. At that time candidate Barack Obama felt that he could improve the problems. He made many promises that by stimulating the economy with pumping money into it and growing the size of Government. By doing this would solve many of the problems the country was going through. Many of the Republicans at the time felt that just let the private sector take its own course. We will never know that just letting the private sector take its own course would have been a better answer to the country’s ills. After 4 years of government tinkering with the economy are we better off? We are now 4.9 trillion dollars in debt over the past 4 years under President Obama with a total deficit over 16 trillion dollars. We still have major issues with a possible huge tax increase if nothing being done before January first 2013. This refers to the fiscal cliff which will raise the taxes, and dramatically decrease spending. This non action can cause a reduction in our growth and drive us into another recession. Our deficit is at all time high. Europe is suffering major economic problem which shows us what can happen to the United States in the future. The Mid East is in turmoil. So, the question again are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? Only you can answer that question.