Matt Towery

Yes, I know the economists can explain why the past 10 years have really been a bargain for all of us, and I'm sure they can rip these figures, all straight from the government, apart. But visit the government's own website that calculates the value of a dollar, and see what you get.

You will find that a dollar in 2003 now buys in 2013 around $1.27. That's right, for all of your hard work, the taxes you pay, fighting to save and scrimp, you now have a whole extra 27 cents to work with after 10 years.

I'm sure there is an answer for us all out there. But all I know is that I will blow my extra 27 cents long before I make it back from my office to my home -- and that's just in gas.

And I'll think long and hard about that ground beef sandwich. And perhaps I finally have found a way to quit drinking that morning coffee. As for our nation's leaders, perhaps they need a cup ... and a trip to the grocery store.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery