Yesterday on Face the Nation, liberal Democrat, and Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association Martin O’Malley answered the question Obama’s advisors would not.  When asked by Bob Schieffer if he can honestly say we are better off now than four years ago, O’Malley responded, “no”.

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan immediately responded:

“Today’s admission by Democratic Gov. O’Malley that Americans aren’t better off today than they were four years ago is more proof that President Obama’s policies aren’t working. President Obama’s failure of leadership has led to 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million Americans struggling for work, $5 trillion in new debt and a $716 billion cut in Medicare to fund Obamacare. 

“While Team Obama continues their campaign of fear and division, we are talking about the big issues that Americans face. That’s why we have a plan to strengthen the middle class and create 12 million jobs, protect Medicare, and cut the federal deficit so our economy can start growing again.”

Today however, Obama surrogates have a new tone.  Stephanie Cutter answered the same question resoundingly on NBC’s Today show.

“Absolutely”, she said.

Being better off now than four years ago means twenty-three million Americans that are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work, is a good thing to the Obama administration.

That doesn’t sound better to any sane person, but then Cutter is prone to lying.  Consistently.

Bloomberg News recently reported on the changes between then and now:

Almost every group is worse off than it was three years ago, and some groups had very large declines in income,’ Green, who previously directed work on the Census Bureau’s income and poverty statistics program, said in a phone interview today. ‘We’re in an unprecedented period of economic stagnation.

Worse, the President who likes to portray himself as a champion of the poor, pitting Americans against each other with his rich versus poor rhetoric, is raising poverty to all new levels.

The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

A Romney campaign spokesperson responded to the claim that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, stating:

The middle class has been crushed under President Obama, but he doesn’t seem to get it. Gas prices have doubled, incomes have dropped, poverty is headed toward fifty-year highs, and chronic unemployment is at unprecedented levels. But the Obama campaign now has a clear message for Americans – you’re doing well, you just don’t know it. Americans deserve a president who understands we’re not better off and has a plan to fix it.

The Obama campaign has been nothing but perpetual smoke and mirrors, and outright lies.  Now they’ve resorted to telling Americans that they really are just doing fine.

This doesn’t feel fine.