Don't republicans and Romney say that dems and libs just sit around and wait for things to be given to them by the government? Why should improving their lives be any different? If I truly believed that crap, I'd turn down everything that had anything to do with the government. Any takers from the republican side? In many instance, individuals can improve their status in life (which is the republican mantra that I agree with). Try it! Don't wait for the savior Mitt or even Obama (because neither can dramatically change things--although some of Obama's policies are helping a little). Some ways YOU can try to help improve the economy: One of the keys is how you spend your money to help local economies get healthier and stay in business. Consumer spending leads to more demand, which means more production, which means more jobs and investment, which means the government gets more tax revenue that can be turned back into the economy. . More ideas: . Read more More: More ways listed at link.