This week during the Democratic National Convention, Americans will hear plenty of bashing of Mitt Romney and his success in business. They will hear little about Obama's record. That's because it's so bad, that it's the last thing Obama wants to talk about. In fact, it's so bad that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is breaking out the comparison every sitting president hopes to avoid.
That's right, in a recent speech, Paul Ryan drew comparison of Barack Obama to failed former President Jimmy Carter.
"Every president since the great depression could run on a record saying you are better off than you were four years ago," Ryan said. "Except for Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama."
The Republican vice presidential nominee was in Greenville, N.C., only 230 miles from where Democrats are holding their national convention.
In his speech, Ryan went on to refer to the Carter years as the "good old days" compared to what Obama has given the country:
Ryan said in 1980, under the Carter administration, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy, compared to 1.4 million in 2011 "under President Obama's failed leadership," and that mortgage delinquencies have ballooned from 77,000 to 3 million over the same time period.
"Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are now," Ryan said.
But whether he was touting Mitt Romney's record as a governor, or going through the Romney campaign's five point economic plan, Ryan continuously returned to the "are you better off message."
So that's the question... are Americans better off now than they were four years ago? The answer seems pretty simple.