Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

I used to think that was a stupid question when asked by politicians because I found my standing in life, as an adult, was mostly determined by me and my decisions.

That has now changed since Donald Trump was placed into office by the Electoral College - and possibly Russia - not the popular vote.

I'm assuming Trump woke up one morning in a state of terror thinking Canada is going to attack the U.S. This is fact: he placed a tariff on Candian newsprint in the name of "national security" by executive order.

I don't know about others, but I find myself waking at night in a pool of sweat, terrorized by the thought of Canada's aggression. After all, Minnesota will be one of the first states hit when this onslaught of holy terror is rained on us. Oh, this has to be the mother of all horrors.

As a result of Trump's tariff - and him alone - I no longer receive the West Central Tribune on Mondays.

Never before Trump could I point to one individual - in government - who is responsible for affecting my life in a negative way.

I think the question, are you better off today than you were four years ago, is pertinent in the age of Donald Trump.

No, I am not better off today than I was four years ago.

Dennis Torgerson