Ronald Reagan who for many could do no wrong asked the question are you better off today than you were four years ago with the asumption that if the answer was no that would suggest Democrats had not done a good job and that electing him would make things better. Romney has asked the same question for the same reason a few times. I agree Presidents can not do much but they do play a part in how successful our country and therefore all of us can be. For me the question will you be better off four years from now is a better question and is not a question of self reliance over dependency. Except in very rare circumstances self reliance is always best and can not be profitably abandoned even if one finds themselves dependent on others more than they can help.