when Obama took office in 2009, i was about to be let go from my job due to a research grant being cut. since then, i have spent two years at a very good job with no security and a definite end point because independent contract work is the way R&D rolls in our job security-free, post-union economy. i saved up money, anticipating the end of employment. now i'm back at the first job. again, there's a definite endpoint.
salarywise, i'm not better off. with net worth as the indicator, i am. considering the economic depression we have at least temporarily averted, i'm definitely better off. finally, taking into account my preexisting condition, i'm much better off.
net : slightly to moderately better off.