Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Ronald Reagan famously asked that question more than 30 years ago when he ran against Jimmy Carter. It still resonates today, especially after the economic collapse of 2008-09. Bloomberg Businessweek asked readers to weigh in on how the recession has changed their lives. For one construction worker/part-time landscaper it’s been a struggle. But a fiscally conservative engineer is doing just fine.

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