I'll put our taxes here in Canada up against the USA's anytime. In fact its not even close to being egual up here. Then add the different fees etc. that all gov'ts throw at us. Our earning power is far less than yours, but, let me ask you, are you better off than us? I don't think so. We have all of what Obama is trying to get for the middle class, meanwhile the neocons up here are doing their best to privatize some of it. What are you talking about, high gas prices? Come across the 49th and buy a litre of gas someday. Try buying a home in greater Vancouver.
How the two did all depends upon where you live. There is no reason to doubt why people in Vancouver love Obama, because he would fit in with the culture there.
While Obama is a nice guy, sincere, and passionate, regular people like me cannot afford another four more years of rising taxes, increased gas prices, and rising food costs, just to fund social welfare programs. It is sad when people go to Walmart and use their food stamps, WIC, and cash benefits from their welfare, then get free Medicaid, and have their housing paid for on Section 8, while getting subsidized and in some instances free utilities, then there is the free day care, free lunches and breakfast at school for their kids, the Earned Income Tax credit that not only pays them their income tax back but another $2000 per kid per year, that they have more dispensible income at the end of the day for doing absolutely nothing. Whereas people like me and my wife who work long hours, pay all of our taxes, get none of the tax credits, and we have to pay for medical insurance through our employers, pay for daycare, and cannot get any assistance whatsover. The system has to change. There is no incentive to work if you are on the gravy train. There is a lot of people like me who cannot afford another four more years like this; not to mention the four thousand dollars less we are earning since 2008.
You and the GOP don't seem to get what Obama is trying to do for EVERYONE in the USA, and that is that everyone has an egual and fair chance for an opportunity to get into good paying jobs, homes, and a decent education. Not just the privileged few.