November 4, 2012
In this Sept. 2012 photo provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau, farmer Randy Dreher uses a combine to harvest one of his corn fields north of Audubon, Iowa. In the high-risk, high-reward world of farming, Dreher doesn't measure his finances in four-year election cycles. His fortunes revolve around crop prices, exports, and of course, the caprices of nature.
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It's a staple of every presidential election, a single question that puts the incumbent's record on trial and asks American voters to be the jurors. "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"